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The Annual Meeting 1, 18 

Our Presidents and Masonry 1 

*Appreciation by Rev. E. Y. Woolley.. 2 

Saloon Bars in Lodges 3 

Masonry No Shield for Crime 3 

Contributions : 

Societies — Catholic, Secret and Neutral 

— Fortnightly Review 4 

Unobtrusive but Powerful Order, by P. 

A. Klein ...;.... 6 

Blasphemous, Infamous and Fiendish. . 7 
The Coming Conflict, by Edwin Brown 

Graham, continued 8 

Editorial : 

^Congratulations to Rev. G. A. Pegram. 14 

United Commercial Travelers of America 14 

Antisecrecy in Congress 15 

Mystic Misfortunes .^. . . 15 

A Deficient Literature 15 

•Obituary : 

Rev. Alexander Thomson 17 

Rev. I. G. Bailey 18 

News of Our Work : 

*Washington Christian Association at 

Work 18 

W. B. Stoddard's Report 19 

Agent Davidson's Report 21 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter" 23 

A Workable Plan, by H. M. Bissell. ... 24 

Iowa Christian Association Convention 24 

Letters to the Iowa Convention 25 

Iowa Convention Echoes 29 

Ritual of the Brotherhood of American 

Yeomen, continued 31 

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CHICAGO. MAY, 1914. 


May 21st and 22nd, 1914. 

Our Association is invited to. hold an- 
other Annual Meeting in the' Moody 
Church, Chicago. This church is one 
of the most successful in the United 
States from the viewpoint of spiritual, 
business and soul-winning efficiency. 
And the. Moody Church welcomes our 
Convention and aids it in every way pos- 

Would it not be a good thing for all 
fearful ministers and churches unfriend- 
ly to our work to .take notice of how God 
prospers this church? 

We print herein a copy of a letter re- 
ceived by our General Secretary from 
its Acting Pastor that we think will in- 
terest every reader. 

Among those expected to be present 
are Rev. Wm. Dillon, D. D., Editor. 
"Christian Conservator," Huntington. 
Ind. ; Rev. M. C. Ranseen, D. D., pastor 
Swedish Lutheran Church, Chicago : 
Rev. J. C. Long, D. D^ Mansfield, Ohio: 
Pres. C. A. Blanchard of Wheaton Col- 
lege ; Rev. E. D. Baily, D. D., pastor 
Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N. Y. : 
Rev. J. M. Dean, D. D.!"Pres. Northern 
Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicago : 
Secy. W. B. Stoddard, Washington, D. 
C, and Rev. T. B. Arnold, Field Secre- 
tary, Children's Home ^^Association of 
Woodstock, 111. ; Rev. W. Stuart, pastor, 

Third Christian Reformed church, Chi- 

Write Secretary Phillips if you wish 
him to engage a room for you. 


In reply to a request for the names of 
the Presidents of the United States who 
were Freemasons, we wish 'to say that 
they are, i. Andrew Jackson. 2. James 
K. Polk. 3. James Buchanan. 4. An- 
drew Johnson. 5, James A. Garfield. 
6. Wm. McKinlev. 7. Theodore Roose- 
velt. 8. W. H. faft. 

The relation of Franklin Pierce and 
Martin Van Buren to ^lason'ry is not 
clearly determined but they are usually 
classed among the non-Masons. The list 
of Presidents who were ^NLasons. printed 
in the Iowa Masonic Library Ouarterlv 
Bulletin for November, 1893, excluded 
Van Buren. 

Both \A'ashington and Fillmore were 
once Masons but we would not so class 
them now, for the reason that Fillmore 
was a seceder and AVashington was an 
indifferent Mason, to. say the most, and 
by some was considered as virtuall}' a 
seceder. See ^Message of Governor Jo- 
seph Ritner of Pennsylvania vindicating 
the memory of W^ashington from the 
stigma of adherence to Masonry, and also 
the booklet, "Was Washington a Ma- 
son." John Ouincy Adams' opposition 
to Freemasonry came some time after he 
was President and was very pronounced. 
We received letters from Benj. Harrison. 
Rutherford B. Hayes and Grover Cleve- 
land at the time of their candidac^• which 


May, 1914. 

clearly implied that they were not in 
sympathy with Freemasonry. 

The non-^Iasons among the Presidents 
are: i. John Adams. 2. Thomas Jef- 
ferson. 3. James Madison. 4. James 
Alonroe. 5. John Ouincy xAdams. 6. 
A\'m. Henry Harrison. 7, John Tyler. 
8. Zachary Taylor. 9. Millard Fillmore- 
10. Franklin Pierce. 11. A. Lincoln. 
12. U. S. Grant. 13. Rutherford B. 
Hayes. 14. Chester A. Arthur. 15. 
Grover Cleveland. 16. Benj. Harrison. 
17. Woodrow Wilson. 

Freemasons are much more active in 
politics now, we believe, than at any time 
since the abduction or murder of Mor- 
gan. This is shown partly by the course 
of Wm. J. Bryan : when he was first 
nominated for President, he was a mem- 
ber of only two little insurance orders, 
which, we understood from his letter, 
were not considered by him secret so- 
cieties ; and our impression was that he 
did not favor secret societies. At the 
time he was last nominated, his secre- 
tary wrote us a list of the different or- 
ders wdiich he had joined during the time 
intervening between his first nomination 
and his second. He is now practically a 
member of every prominent secret order, 
including even the Elks. According to 
the San Francisco Examiner, Mr. Fair- 
banks promised that if elected Vice-Pres- 
ident he W'Ould join the Freemasons. This 
statement of the Examiner was verified 
later by the public press, which gave an 
account of Mr. Fairbanks having taken 
three degrees in Masonry at Indianapolis, 
Indiana, after his election to the Vice- 
Presidency. Ex-President Roosevelt be- 
longs to a church considered to be op- 
posed to secret societies. There is no 
question but that this was its attitude in 
early times, and is still the position of 
a large portion of that church. Notwith- 
standing this, Mr. Roosevelt joined the 
Masons after he became Vice-President 
and since then has become a member of 
almost all the orders of any prominence. 
According to an organ of the Eagles, a 
saloon order, Mr. Roosevelt became an 
Eagle about 1908. Air. Taft was made a 
Mason "at sight" after becoming Presi- 

We do not believe that any of the four 
above named gentlemen w^ould have gone 
into lodgery if they had not first gone 
into politics, and learned the power that 

there is in the lodge for or against can- 
didates ; that is, we do not believe that 
at heart these men love lodgery. They 
do not have the "mark of .the beast" in 
their head but in their hand. ^ . 



Chicago, January 14th, 1^14. 
Mr. W. I. Phillips, Secy., • - 

National Christian Association, 
Chicago, Illinois. 
Dear Brother Phillips: . v- 

It gives me great pleasure to have the 
opportunity to write a few lines regard- 
ing the National Christian Association 
and I do this the more readily because 
of the debt that I personally owe the 
Association for the good it has done me. 

I was at Northfield in 1897 when 
President C. A. Blanchard, representing 
the Association, spoke at the general' con- 
ference on "Secret Societies." I was 
then a Knight Templar and was much 
displeased with his address, so much so. 
that another "Knight" — a minister — and 
myself went to Mr. Moody the next day 
to protest. We received little satisfac- 
tion from him, for he was too strongly 
convinced of the evil of Secret Societies 
and the need of a testimony against them 
to let our arguments influence him, and 
we parted, each of the same opinion still. 
However, the seed was sownin my heart, 
and before many months I was much 
disturbed because of my relation to Se- 
cret Societies. While in this condition 
of unrest I attended your Convention in 
the Park Street, Church, Boston, and 
heard the addresses of such men as Drs. 
A. C. Dixon and J. M. Gray and secured 
the writings of Wendell Phillips, Joseph 
Cook, A. J. Gordon and .others. These 
showed me the truth; and God's wdll for 
me, and I withdrew from all my secret 
societies, for which I have ever since 
praised God. ; • ■ ,.^ .' r." ' ; 

Now for a word as to your influence 
for good upon others. ' You have several 

May, 1914. 


times held Conventions in the AIoc5dy 
Church, and these invariably have been 
followed by good results in our congre- 
gation. I could tell you of several in- 
stances where secret society men came 
"out from among them" to be separate. 
with the result that their spiritual life 
and usefulness for God were greatly in- 
creased. One of them was a business 
man who is now a successful and earnest 
pastor in Michigan. 

Your meetings here on this subject 
have also been the means of good to stu- 
dents of the Moody Boble Institute, stir- 
ring up a number of them and leading 
them out into the light. 
Cordially yours, 

(Signed) E. Y. Woolley. 


The editor of the magazine The IVhirl- 
w'uid, Minneapolis, Minn., writes in the 
March number that he has come into pos- 
session "of indisputable evidence that the 
Minneapolis Brewing Company had en- 
tered into a contract (of their own make) 
of certain terms and conditions whereby 
the brewery company agreed to furnish 
bar fixtures, etc., for specified monthly 
amounts, for a fraternal organization of 
this city, such organization being bound 
by the terms of the contract to use only 
the Minneapolis Brewing Company's 
beer for a period of five years. Or in 
other words, this lodge with its i,boo or 
.1,200 members becomes a guaranteed 
Golden Grain Belt customer for five 
years. The Whirtunnd charges that the 
brewery officials knew, and know it now. 
to be an unlicensed drinking place ; that 
they did not. seek or inquire as to a li- 
cense; that they knew the place sold 
liquors over the bar ^Sundays and at all 
times in violation of the law ; that they 
knew when they made that contract that 
they were encouraging the violation of 

Tht Philadelphia Ledger of March 
17th, 19 14, gives us an account of a 
"tempest in a teapot" in the Liberty Bell 
Council of the "Junior Order of United 
American Mechanics" b<^cause a member 
urged the duty of all true Junior ]\Ie- 
chanics to aid in every way the enforce- 
ment of the Hazel anti-liquor shipping 

law and all laws agamst illegal dispensing 
of liquor. 

We learned recently from a resident 
of Kansas that there is great activity in 
that state in the organization of secret 
lodges where intoxicating drinks may be 

In a recent effort to exclude the sa- 
loons from Osk^loosa, Iowa, a promi- 
nent and popular pastor and lodge mem- 
ber favored the prohibition of the sa- 
loons on the ground that those who 
ought to be allowed to drink could be 
supplied in a lodge where the restrictions 
and safeguards were far better than 
could possibly be enforced in an open 
saloon. He knew, because he had seen it. 

There is no doubt that various kinds 
of lodges have sideboards where mem- 
bers may help themselves to intoxicating 
drinks according to their tastes. Some 
time since we printed a copy of a bill for 
liquors against a lodge in the state of 
Elaine, which had been shipped in from 
an outside state. The pastor of the 
Friends' Church in that city had the orig- 
inal invoice and furnished us with a 

We have many friends among the W- 
C. T. U. ; can any of them explain whv 
that society does not add to its list of 
many committees one on Lodge Saloon 
Bars? Saloon lodges, bound together 
by obligations of secrecy, are worse than 
ordinary blind pigs. 


There is no condonation of crime in Ma- 
"so-nry. One is first a citizen, then a Mason. 
Bad cifi'zens make bad Masons. Good 

Masons are always good citizens. They rec- 
ognize their duties to society as paramount, 
and are aware that the general welfare 
reaches them as well as others; that, as all 
is more than a part, their duties as good 
citizens to the common communit}- are 
among their primary obligations: and that 
support to the laws and the punishment of 
law-breaking are alike expected, irrespec- 
tive of the professions of the ofifenders. It 
is time that less-informed Masons and the 
non-Masonic community should be told that 
neither judge nor jur}'. as Masons, have 
a right to avert a merited, punishment from 
a guilty Mason, or in any civil procedure to 
have their verdicts influenced in favor oi 
a party because he is a Mason. This is 
not IMasonry, and if it were, then Masonry 
would be justly doomed. — Masonic Herald. 

Except ''murder and treason." — Mas- 
ter Masoii's obligation. "Murder and 
treason not excepted." — Royal Arch oh- 


May, 1914. 

ligation. Why, after a long and expen- 
sive though unavailing tight to keep 
banker Morse out of the penitentiary, did 
the Masons begin at once upon his in- 
carceration to petition the President for 
his pardon? Why did a masonic Presi- 
dent weakly yield and pardon him on the 
pretense that ]\Iorse was dying? An- 
swer: "I will aid and assist all worthy 
brother ^Master Masons ^ =^ * and my 
ability will permit." — Master Mason's ob- 
ligation. Why did the Grand Lodge of 
Illinois condemn the Worshipful Master 
of Belvidere lodge, Judge Whitney, in 
the Ellen Slade case? Answer : Because 
Judge Whitney attempted to bring to 
justice a masonic brother, her murderer. 
Whv did Hartford Lodge (Conn.) No. 
88, A. F. and A. M, expel Dr. F. C. 
Jackson in 1895? Answer, quoted from 
specifications of charges brought against 
him: "For gross un-masonic conduct'' 
and "violated his solemn obligation "^ ^ '^" 
What did Dr. Jackson do? He divulged 
the secrets of a brother Alason when he 
testified in court that R. M. Griswold 
told him that he set fire to the Wood- 
bridge building. Masonic journals please 

Testifying before the Royal Commis- 
sion at Winnipeg, John Westlake, who 
was with Krafchenko, alleged murderer, 
when arrested, said John Buxton had told 
him that he had aided Krafchenko to es- 
cape from jail because both belonged to 
the same fraternal association. — Har- 
rozi'SZK.'Orth paper, Ontario, Canada. 


There are sixty-two Buddhist temples 
in the Cnited States for the Chinese, and 
thirteen for the Japanese. — Sunday 
School Times. 

The Reorganized Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints (not the 
same as the ]^Iormons of Utah) passed 
Resolution Xo. 593 against secret socie- 
ties on April 16, 1907, which is as fol- 
lows : "That we discourage members of 
the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter Day Saints from holding mem- 
bership in any society or order which re- 
quires the taking of oaths or the entering 
into covenant or obligation to guard the 
secrets, purposes or doings of its organ- 



The success and influence of societies 
depend on their strict fidelity to the In- 
fallible Church. No society, with the 
honorable name of Catholic attached to 
it, will continue to flourish and endure 
without the Church. 

Some societies are formed outside of 
the jurisdiction of the Church;' others 
are composed of Catholics only, with no 
decidedly Catholic object. -Any society, 
though composed of Catholics, prescrib- 
ing absolute secrecy and blind obedience, 
would not be allowed on Catholic prin- 
ciples. The fact that a society consists 
exclusively of Catholic members does not 
make that society Catholic. xA, spirit, 
loyal to the Church and practically intent 
to foster Catholic faith and morals, must 
pervade each member and the entire so- 
ciety, though established for benevolent 
purposes. There can be no doubt that 
the Catholic spirit is lacking, where mem- 
bers are admitted or retained, who open- 
ly neglect their religious duties, give' 
scandal by drunkenness, dishonesty, ex- 
hibit an adverse spirit to the parochial 
schools, or send their children to Prot- 
estant institutions of learning. The pub- 
lic criticism or condenmation of laws en- 
acted by ecclesiastical superiors, or the 
direct violation of the ecclesiastical rules 
and regulations of the Church', or the- 
Statutes of the Diocese, would plainly 
prove the unreligious and un-Catholic 
character of a society'. Every society 
worthy of the glorious name of Catholic 
should adopt the following essential 
points in its constitution : i . The stat- 
utes and laws thereof, or any important 
change thereafter, must be approved by 
ecclesiastical authority. 2. The religious 
affairs of the society must be' absolutely 
subjected to the Bishop of the Diocese, 
who may, for reasons, disband a society 
under his jurisdiction. The .Church will 
ever gladly bestow her blessings upon the 
members and workings of a society 
which will remain staunch to. her direc- 
tion and her teaching. Only practical 
Catholics' can be a'dmitfed as members. 

->i?.v .y.-^ 


Due cc^:;:zin:e ^'r.::'.i '.- : the 

fact tha: ::c: ii:e ::u:::bcr :: :: .: ..rr. bu: 
their qualit}', their good name and per- 
5c«ial \-irtue confer honor, strength and 
importance on the 5*3ciet>'. The :~:er- 
should be chosen from the best, most 
conser\*ative, most honorable and mos: 
Catholic members . h ^ :: t r : - 

tinue to give scanda. . ii:t: ; un: : - :. : _ _- 
monition, must be expelled without mer- 
cy. The s^3ciet\- must insist on the faith- 
ful performance by its members of their 
reh!^::-.:s and ecclesias:' ' ' ::es. Un- 
'rS5 :he interest oi rt..^ moralit^' 

Zz .rti: : ^taric. '..t i:^jcitty. as a 
':::;. 5i:: i;i n:: :::riiie in politics. 
F:r.aiiv. societies s'r.: ■:..'. L :::t become s^;- 
social. s^3 selfish, or s:- disinterested as 
to fail to assume active interest in aii 
that concerns :he ".ve'rare :i :he parish 
"' -'■-'■''■'^- -.-'-. -^■■•' ---^y ^-^ i::ated- 

V : " t staunch and 
T : :.:: files, so as to 

give srren^nh ini ; : y :o :he Hi-iy iNIoth- 
er Church. 

Societies :i :.o i earneEciy heei the ad- 
vice and d:re::::n :: the clerg};. even 
thoneh :hrir inline d:a:e object be of a 
maieriai nature. Christian piet>- shini: 
be cnitivatei in s<:'cieties established f:r 
pureiy temcirai alvantages. Xo sc'cier^- 
bearin^ t'.r ninie :t dathiiic should exist 
in any ;;.od nirff ti:. iriest assumes 
'- li niterest thereni. Xo one should 
- - o.nttrl inti a s orient without the 

the priesthood wouid only dishonor them- 
seives. their society and the Chiirch. . . . 
S'xieties should avoid all absurd mum- 
meries resemblir.c ^i:"*' practices, mod- 
ern f*>oleries an antics un- 
- : niing human oemg^. The imitation 
: :erms. initiator}- formulas, character- 
istic of iNIasonic lodges and dangerous 
s.ocieties. contain certain and regrettable 

^c. i.;.. 

The members sn 

matter. The life 

le aoolicant 

1. pastor, even 
: ., :.: , .: „ :. . r. The priest 
.must receive due respect and deference 
in t'^-r -^-eties. His c'^- " ' znity de- 
ma: t he should -eated as 
an - ' :- nt :n a level 
win r- :\\ initiation cere- 
n :. :- ecLings the priest shoui 
::.; r of honor. The sacre 
character of the priesth->:d i:-rbids its 
impersonation in fimctions oi the s^ociety. 
The priest is not. now a priest, now a 
layman " * ^ : — :e is a 
priest : 
wh :: : sucii 

dangers. Catholics may become to<o fa- 
miiiar. yea. t'X) S}-mpathetic, with the 
nivthods and priKieedings of secret 
Ic dg^es. grow lukewarm, inditterent and 
nnai.y fall. Mem.bers of forbidden or 
ci-nlemnei societies must be debarred 
from Cat'iiiic orders. The Catholic who 
will iz :.:..- a traitor to the Church and 
to Goi v/iil do mischief in an organiza- 
tion and eventually turn out traitor t- 
it. X'o sc'-called memorial service will 
be tolerated for deceased mem.bers. bur 
a ? T em: il^Iass is m^ost highly com- 
y:'.-:\\ ^}^''.z. . . . Although mem.bers of 
lay organizations. Catini'ics should be- 
come and rem.a;n staunch memdiDers of 
Church 5*jdalities and confraternities. I: 
is a iiniiniable fact that the m.ore zeal 
m_en a:_ 1 : men exhibit for lay organiza- 
tions, the less zealous they become m 
promoting strictly religious confraterni- 
ties, and tc^:» frequently they neglect these 
entirelv. Religion always take the 
creteienie. am i:r it mere' can be no 

[Meetings ani lodges, hiwever. should 
not interfere with that 'most important 
and precious institution, the home, the 
' asis It S'Ociervn **He that hath not care 
: f his-, household is worse than an in- 
fidel and hath denied the faith." says St- 
Paul. Heads of families principally. 
although memxbers of a s^^ciety. do wrons 
in neglecting to devote to their homes 
and fam.ilies all p«ossible time, unless busi- 
ness affairs and c^rcasional legitim.ate >•:•- 
cial duties prevent them irom doing s^o- 
After the Church, the home m.ust b>e held 
the most sacred and regarded as the dear- 
est and most blessed sp<3t on earth. The 
:' iiy circle must be guarded. cherishe«5 
ii'-^nored by l>Dth parents and ott- 

Cin. - . m/.s generally constitute coun- 
ter attractions to the home. Home life 
is considered too drear\-. t'oo lonely and 
n.mien too dull for their devotees. Club rooms 
duct rewards cause deluded monals to indulge fre- 


May, 1914. 

qiiently in companionship, conversations 
and games, injurious to their faith, 
finances, heahh and honorable standing. 
The wife and children at home feel them- 
selves forgotten, unprotected and neg- 
lected. The necessary care and affection 
they fail to receive from their constantly 
club-going fathers and husbands. . . . 

The Church in her wisdom cries out 
against secret organizations, which of 
their very nature are hostile to true union 
because of their secret workings. Se- 
cret organizations not only militate 
against the Church, because of her 
staunch conservatism in the right, but 
also against the State, to whose spirit 
they are directly opposed because of 
their absolute secrecy and absolute blind 
obedience. Their oaths are destrucdve 
of personal liberty by enslaving individ- 
uals, in having them give blind obedience 
to unknown principles and leaders. . . . 

There are but few Catholics who be- 
come members of neutral societies who 
will not grow cold, indifferent and weak- 
ened in their Holy Faith. Failing to take 
a lively interest in Church matters, they 
esteem lodges far more than the Church. 
They rarely miss a lodge meeting, but 
consider it a small matter to absent them- 
selves from Mass and care little for an 
evening devotion. The names of such 
organizations are frequently false and 
absurd, inasmuch as they are assum.ed 
from occupations not practiced by the 
members. Their patrons are selected 
from the animal kingdom and their tem- 
ples remain open for nocturnal carousals, 
odd and suggestive amusements and for 
the use of intoxicating liquor, even con- 
trary to law. Neutral societies endeavor 
to place all religions on an equal basis. 
Although not professedly inimical to the 
Church, they are rarely harmless and 
nearly always expose Catholics to moral 
and religious dangers. By these associa- 
tions the Catholic is liable to impair the 
integrity of his faith. Catholics should 
prefer to mingle with their co-religion- 
ists in Catholic organizations. Liberal- 
ism in religion freely flourishes among 
Catholics who have joined non-Catholic 
societies. The old saying is ever true : 
Evil communications corrupt good man- 
ners. — The Fortnightly Review. 


[The following article from TJie Menace 
doubtless throws light upon the former re- 
quest of its assistant editor, a thirty-second 
degree Mason, for thirty-second ' degree 
Masons to write him for information con- 
cerning a matter of grave interest to them. 

'Tt will bring encouragement to the 
millions of patriots in the United States 
to learn that there is a powerful organi- 
zation in existence whose membership 
promises to exceed that of all other patri- 
otic bodies combined. 

"It is already firmly established in 
many states of the Union, some of them 
having scores of lodges, each state gov- 
erned by a state lodge working under the 
jurisdiction of a national lodge. 

"None but its members know the name 
of the order, which is under the leader- 
ship of the best known and most power- 
ful and influential men of this country. 

"There are cities in which its members 
have had a controlling influence upon re- 
cent municipal events. 

"Thousands of social societies and 
clubs are in reality secret conclaves of 
this order, where admittance is gained 
only after every prospective candidate 
has undergone the scrutiny and investi- 
gation of committees appointed express- 
ly for that purpose. 

"It is a brotherhood whose ties bind as 
close as those of blood and where one is 
for all and all for one. 

"The above will explain what has be- 
come of a number of the nation's fa- 
mous patriotic leaders of a few years 
ago, the men who had sworn eternal al- 
legiance and undying devotion to God, 
Home and Country. 

"Without the beating of drums they 
have been patiently, persistently organiz- 
ing this mighty movement which is built 
on principles as indestructible as those 
upon which the Pilgrim Fathers founded 
this glorious republic. 

"There are communities and sectional 
parts of the country that have patriotic 
societies of local strength with scattered 
branches, but this is an organization 
nation-wide and cohesive, whose rapidly 
spreading membership can be found in 
almost every part of the Union. 

"Communications addressed to W. F. 
Phelps, care The Menace, Aurora, Mo., 

May, 1914. 


will be forwarded to organizers in their 
respective sections, or the lodge nearest 
the address given." 

That there is a secret order, the name 
of which is known only to its members : 
that its growth so remarkable that "thou- 
sands of social orders and clubs are in 
reahty only secret conclaves of this or- 
der" will be astonishing news to many. 

Satan works by counterfeiting, imita- 
tion and deception. In the Bible he is 
called "Satan which deceiveth the whole 
world" (Rev. 12:9), but The Menace stu- 
pidly gives the whole thing away to all 
who have eyes to see, by saying "Thou- 
sands of social societies and clubs are in 
reality secret conclaves' of this mystery, 
working under an assumed name. The 
Bible calls it the mystery of iniquity. 
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already 
work" (2 Thess. 2\y). 

The article quoted above from The 
Menace throws light on the reason why 
The Menace in a short time has secured 
over 1,217,400 subscribers. No matter 
what ba[t is held out, whether insurance, 
protection, social-club life, political pre- 
ferment or even war on a false church 
(Rome), the true child of God must not 
be caught in the trap, for now the mask 
is lifted and its aim is shown to be a 
secret conclave of Satan which in reality 
will make war on the true Church of 
Jesus Christ. "Come out from among 
them and be ye separate saith the Lord" 
(2 Cor. 6:14-18). 

Note the boasted claim of strength of 
this supposedly irresistible power. Does 
it not sound very like Revelations 13:4, 
"And they worshiped the beast saying, 
Who is like unto the beast, who is able 
to make war with him?" But thanks be 
to God, He has faithful people who have 
a name that no one knows save he that 
hath it. "And all that dwell upon the 
earth shall worship him (the beast) 
whose names are not written in the book 
of life of the Lamb slain from the foun- 
dation of the world. If any man hath an 
ear let him hear" (Rev. 13:8-9). 

Seattle, Wash. P. A. Klein. 


By progressive consolidation the strong 
religious newspaper which perpetuates in 
its name the well known titles of two 
Boston and New York journals has be- 
come the main organ of its denomina- 
tion in New England and New York- 
Not long ago it reported having received 
a letter assuring the editor of this new 
journal that the alleged Knights of Co- 
lumbus oath was a fiction. This explains 
the following paragraph which appeared 
in The Watchman-Examiner of April 2. 

"Letters are pouring in upon us de- 
claring that the statements of Dennis A. 
McCarthy, one of the editors of The 
Sacred Heart Review, concerning the 
Knights of Columbus oath, are not true 
to the facts. The alleged oath is blas- 
phemous, infamous and fiendish. No 
Christian could take it, no American 
could take it, and no gentleman could 
take it. Any man who would take it is a 
traitor to his God and a traitor to his 
country. If the Knights of Columbus 
have taken this alleged oath there is not 
a true Christian nor a true American 
among them. Mr. McCarthy is a prom- 
inent Roman Catholic, but as he has not 
been appointed to speak officially for the 
Knights of Columbus, his declaration 
that the oath is a forgery is. not taken 
seriously in many quarters. If this oath 
is a forgery it does grave injustice to the 
members of this organization, and they 
ought officially to repudiate it at once and 
for all, and w^e hope that this official re- 
pudiation will be explicit and speed il\- 
forthcoming. If the oath is genuine, and 
the Knights of Columbus have taken it. 
we are harboring in our country a gang 
of cutthroats who. ought to be landed in 
the penitentiary forthwith. For our parr 
we are persuaded better tliin<;s of our 
Roman Catholic friends, and for the 
present we are going to continue to 
cherish the hope that the oath is a 
forgery ; but for Christianity's sake it i< 
high time for the Knights of Columbus 
to speak up and express themselves." 

If you would control others let rea- 
son control vou. 

He who is proud of his position proves 
thereby that he is unfit for it. 

Reilly — "Pat was drowned yesterday." 
Fitzpatrick — "Couldn't he swim?" 
Reilly — "Yes, but he was a union man. 
He swam for eight hours and then quit." 


May, 1914. 

(Tli^ Olflmtng OInnfltrt 



"'Twas a Vile Plot." 

On the evening appointed, he kissed 
his wife and took the train for the city. 
Edith accompanied her father almost ev- 
erywhere, and certainly on this errand 
she must go along. They reached their 
destination and took tea with Dr. Hill, 
who had become quite interested in the 
subject of the lecture. At the hour, they 
went to the hall and found it filled with 
an audience of the most respectable peo- 
ple of the city. Dr. Hill introduced 
Dr. Groves, who spoke as follows : 

Fellow-citizens: — It is well before 
doing anything to know that we have a 
right to do it. "Be sure you are right, 
then go ahead." 

Then, as we are told, "It is not worth 
while to do unnecessary things." "Never 
hold up a candle to show the sun." 

We are advised not to do anything 
that Avill cost more than it is worth. 
"Don't give a pound for a penny 

It is not wise to aim at impossibili- 
ties. 'Tt is a waste of powder to shoot 
at the man in the moon." "Never try 
to bleed a turnip." 

So, we may well ask, 


Some may think this discussion un- 
necessary because Masonry is already 
known by so many. True, both Masons 
and anti-AIasons claim to understand it. 
Some anti-Masons claim to know as 
much about the lodge as any of its mem- 
bers. But many Masons do not believe 
this. They are not aware that we have 
seen or heard anything. Some know that 
we have seen and heard much, but think 
we are not sure of the truth. They try 
to make us doubt the correctness of our 
information. Some, truthful in other 
matters, solemnly declare, "It isn't true," 
while others only deny indirectly, and 

sneeringly ask, "What do you know 
about Masonry?" Now, I wish to show 
why we are certain that we know the 
truth, so that they may keep their jewel 
of silence and be saved the sin and folly 
of denials. 

wSome of our friends, when they are 
told what a monster of wickedness, a 
mass of corruption, admixture of folly 
Masonry is, doubt that their relatives 
and other good men would belong to 
such an institution, and so think we must 
be mistaken in regard to its character. 

When we try to teach others, who are 
uninformed, whether friendly or un- 
friendly ito the order, they will ask, 
"How do you know, since this is a se- 
cret society?" This is a fair question, 
and we ought to show them that we do 
know and that they can know the whole 

Masons say that we have no right to 
know anything about the lodge except 
what they choose to tell us ; and some of 
them accuse us of wronging them when 
we discover and reveal any of their se- 
crets. So, for the sake of peace, or to 
soften their hard feelings towards us, I 
will show our right to do as we have 

There are others who think this is an 
unimportant question. For these, also, 
I will have a word. 

So then in order to silence the truth- 
denying Masons, to confirm in their 
knowledge all doubting anti-Masons, to 
lead the honest friends of the lodge, the 
undecided and the careless to investi- 
gate it, I will show that we have a right, 
that it is our duty and that it is impor- 
tant to understand Freemasonry, and that 
we can know as much about it as any 
member knows. 

I. As intelligent men we should know 
something of every institution capable of 
exerting great influence, especially if un- 
der public discussion. 

In this country there are several mil- 
lion men bound k)gether by Masonic 

May, 1914. 


oaths. There are members in nearly every 
village and church in the land. No one 
can doubt that Masonry, when thus or- 
ganized, has great power. 

It is an institution concerning whose 
character and works there is much dis- 
cussion. Much is said for and against 
it. Some churches are opposed to it- 
Some are being divided by it. There is 
a national association opposed to it. 
There are state associations of the same 
kind. It was once, before the slavery 
and temperance questions diverted at- 
tention from it, a great issue in politics. 
It is discussed in the pulpit, on the plat- 
form and in conversation. Many re- 
ligious papers condemn it. Secular pa- 
pers are beginning to say a word about 
it. One of the largest in the northwest 
says, ''Wise men, not fools and fanatics, 
are fighting." 

2. We have a right to investigate Ma- 
sonry because it affects us personally. 
Masons often say, "It is none of your 
business what we are or do ;" but they 
make it some of our business. 

Has not the minister the right to know 
the character of an institution in which 
are many of his members ? Has not any 
member a right to ask what this is which 
separates his brethren from him and tries 
in many ways to control the whole 
church ? 

Has not the patriotic citizen a right to 
ask for what are hundreds of thousands 
of voters secretly united? Has he not a 
right to ask, Does it control the govern- 
ment? Is it used by designing men to 
secure office and property ? 

Has not the lawyer a right to ask, 
What is this which unites the judge, the 
jury and the witnesses with the opposing 
litigant? Has he not a right to ask in 
open court if they are not sworn to keep 
each other's secrets, and to help each 
other out of difficulty? 

Who will say that the wife, made one 
with her husbatid, has no right to in- 
quire into an institution which comes in 
between them, closes his mouth from her, 
takes him from home night after night, 
claims part of their earnings and in manv 
ways controls him? Who admits that 
his wife has a right to unite with any 
association into which he can have no in- 
sight? Will ]\Iasons say they do? Then 
their actions do belie their tongues. Look 

at their "Ladies' Degrees !" When they 
attach to their own lodge parlor a sum- 
mer kitchen for women, it is with the un-' 
derstanding that they, the lords, may 
oversee the cooking, overhear the con- 
versation and even have a finger in the 
pie! Every man believes he has a right 
to know what his wife does or binds her- 
self to do. But the twain are one flesh. 
They have the same interests and the 
same mutual rights and duties. She has 
a right, therefore, to ask her husband, 
if he is a ]\Iason, what Masonry is, what 
it does, and what its oath binds him to 
do ; and he is bound by his marriage Oath 
to tell her. 

Not only have we a right, but also it is 
our duty to investigate this institution 
for this reason. We ought to look into 
everything which aft"ects us and those to 
whom we owe certain duties. 

The minister ought to understand 
every institution which affects his church, 
in which are his members, and in regard 
to joining which young men will ask his 
advice with the "reasons annexed." He 
ought to be able to vote intelligently in 
church courts, when members petition for 
a deliverance in regard to it. He ought 
to know whether its oaths are trivial, 
rash or evil, or taken in justice, judg- 
ment and truth ; whether it is a religion 
or not; whether its ceremonies are pagan 
or Christian. If it is a pit into which 
some are falling, we ought to avoid it 
ourselves and give others the alarm. 

3. It is our duty to investigate ]Ma- 
sonry because it is an object of just sus- 
picion. It is a secret society. It meets 
in the night, with darkened windows and 
guarded doors, and none may breathe its 
doings. There must be some reason for 
all the care to "ever conceal and never 

We have a right to investigate ol)jects 
of suspicion. When a suspicious 
acter enters a city the police have a right 
to arrest him on suspicion, and if there 
are found on him the tools of a burglar, 
even Masons would sa}-, "Hold him for 

So when Masonry looks suspicious at 
the first glance, then when arrested we 
find belonging to it a whole kit of cut- 
throat oaths, mysterious passwords and 
curious grips — the tools of evil designers 



May, 1914. 

— we have a right to investigate further 
and see why it carries such tools. 

^lasonry is often compared to a fam- 
ily, having its secrets. It is not fair to 
compare a human with a divine institu- 
tion. But take the comparison. If any 
family, even with one woman in it, would 
always act on the principle of secrecy, 
tell no one their business, allow no one 
to enter their home, seem very afraid 
that some one would see them at work, 
and be known to be closely related to 
and to hold correspondence with similar 
mysterious families elsew^here, I think 
no one would blame a detective if he 
should listen some night at the keyhole, 
or find fault with the man who had lost 
his valuables, or received counterfeit 
money, if he w^ould swear out a search 
warrant against them. 

A home is a sacred place. O that Ala- 
sons realized its sacredness ! A home is 
a sacred place. O that Masonry would 
never enter its sanctuary, corrupt its 
priest and defile its altar of perfect love 
and confidence. A home is a sacred place 
and its private afTairs are sacred, too, 
but still sometimes it is right to break in 
on a family and learn its secrets, if it 
have secrets, or else the Bender family, 
who operated a murder farm, was sadly 
abused when its home was examined. 

4. We have a right to investigate this 
institution because there are grave 
charges made against it by reliable wit- 
nesses. It is charged wdth exercising 
jurisdiction over the persons and lives 
of citizens. It is charged with murder- 
ing, according to its laws, several per- 
sons. It is charged with affording pro- 
tection and assistance to criminals. It is 
charged with fraud in the sale of its pro- 
fessed secrets and benefits. It is charged 
with being opposed to the genius of a re- 
publican government, the precepts of true 
religion and morality and the welfare of 
society in general. 

I need not say w^hether Alorgan and 
others were killed according to the laws 
of Masonry or not ; I need not say wheth- 
er the other charges are true or false, or 
whether I believe one, none, or all of 
them, but only this: These charges are 
made by reliable men, and therefore de- 
mand investigation ; and the government 
has a right to try the party charged, com- 
pel its citizens, even ]vIasons, to testify. 

and if found guilty to punish it with 
death ; and the government neglects its 
duty when such grave charges are made 
and it fails to inquire into the truth of 

5. Lastly, Masons invite inquiry by 
presenting its claims. They begin the 
discussion. They made the first speeches, 
They publish their books and papers 
praising the order. They make their pa- 
rades in public. They mount a stump 
and shout, "See how big am I !'' Then 
they object if we look close enough to 
see on what they stand and get angry 
and fret and rage if we tell anybody. 

Their great claims are all intentional 
invitations to join them, and give us a 
right and make it our duty to look into 
the matter a little ; for if their claims are 
true, every man and woman ought to 
be a Mason ; if false, no one ought to 
be a Mason. 

It is in part by its swelling airs and 
words that Masonry invites discussion : 
it is in part by its claims that it is to 
be judged; and it is especially by its ex- 
travagant claims — such as "being able to 
purify the heart," "to give the soul of 
man all it requires," "to fit him for the 
house not made with hands" — that it is 
to be condemned. The greater its pre- 
tensions the greater reason we have to 
examine it. 

The frog thought herself equal to the 
ox and tried to blow and swell herself 
out to make it so. Masonry blows and 
swells like the frog, and if it is not care- 
ful will burst like her, too. For no other 
human institution are such great claims 
made. Its writers speak as though it 
had bottled up the sea of wisdom and 
sold it only in the lodge. Does Masonry 
lay the cornerstones of our public build- 
ings, put its emblems in public places, use 
public property for its parades despite 
the protests of many citizens? Its writers 
seem to think its lawful business is to 
be "cock of the walk and king of the 
castle." They write so amazingly and 
its orators speak so pompously that we 
hold our breath and think, what if their 
words were true! But ah, that little 
"if" ! It reminds us of the words of our 
old primer : 

"If all the seas were one sea, 
What a great sea that would be! 
If all the trees were one tree. 
What a great tree that would be! 

May, ]914. 



If all the axes were one axe, 
What a great axe that would be! 
If all the men were one man. 
What a great man he would be! 
And if the great man took the great axe 
And cut down the great tree 
And let it fall into the great sea, 
What a great splish-splash there would 

How silly ! But not more so than 
many of their sayings. If they were all 
true what a great thing Masonry would 

And if it should ever fall 

The splish-splash would beat all. 

But we cannot take them at their word. 
''Eggs are eggs, but some are rotten," as 
many of our lecturers can testify. So 
with claims. And men who throw rotten 
eggs for an institution will also make 
rotten claims for it. Their boasts are 
suspicious at the start. "The leanest pig 
squeals the most." "The hen cackles 
sometimes when there is nothing in the 
nest" — she may be only scared. We will 
not condemn Masonry for these boasts 
until we see whether they are true or 
false. But we say, when it professes to 
be so good, great, grand and glorious, 
that we ought to examine the institution 
and see if its claims are true, and no 
one has a right to unite with it, or ap- 
prove of it, until he has done so. 

Can We Know Masonry Without Being a 

Some think it is like swimming — "You 
can't learn without going in." But we 
say that it may be learned as fully, as 
certainly and more cheaply outside than 
inside the lodge. 

I. Masons tell us much. They want 
us to know that Masonry is a secret so- 
ciety and that there are oaths of secrecy 
and allegiance, the substance of which 
the candidate does not know until he 
takes them. Thus we know a great deal 
about the lodge, enough to condemn it : 
for no one ought to swear in ignorance 
nor to impose such an oath. "Be not 
rash with thy mouth." Common sense 
tells you not to sign a paper till you read 
it, nor to put your name to a note for 
form's sake. 

"Who looks may leap, and save his shins 

from knocks; 
Who tries may trust, or foulest treachery 

He saves his steed who keeps him under 


Who speaks with heed may boldly speak 

his mind; 
But he whose tongue before his wit doth 

Oft speaks too soon and grieves what he- 

has done, 
Full oft rash vows have bound men fast in 

Beware of taking from thy tongue the 


Again, there are many Masonic books 
intended for the public. These were 
written, published and sanctioned l^y em- 
inent members in the name of the order. 
These have been endorsed by officers, 
lodges and grand lodges. These are good 
witnesses to the principles of the insti- 
tution. When these books, written and 
endorsed by such eminent ?^Iasons as 
Webb, Sickles, Morris and Pierson, teach 
us that Masonry is a religion, and tell us 
the qualifications, the duties and the ben- 
efits of members, when they agree in 
teaching any one thing, we can set it 
down as a doctrine of the order, even if 
some ignorant Mason, who went into the 
lodge with his eyes shut and has kept 
them shut ever since, says that it is not. 

2. We can learn their secret work by 
direct testimony. In this way our knowl- 
edge may be certain if the witnesses are 
sufficient in number, competent and 

There has been given to the public 
what professes to be an exposition of 
Masonry and the whole question is, Is 
the exposition true? 

First. The number of witnesses. Thev 
are enough to establish any fact in a 
court of justice. We have the testimony 
of Morgan, Finney, Ronayne and others 
who have written expositions. In 1828 
thirty-six seceding Masons at one time, 
and one hundred and three at another, 
signed papers declaring ^lorgan's book 
to be a fair and full exposition of three 
degrees in Masonry. Others, before the 
legislature in one State and before dif- 
ferent officers in other States, have sworn 
to the correctness of the exposition. 
Hundreds of seceders in public and pri- 
vate testify to the same thing. 

Second. They are competent wit- 
nesses. They have been ^Masons and 
know whereof they speak. 

Third. These witnesses are trust- 
worthy. There is no motive for mis- 
representation. They are men of excel- 
lent character. Their reputation for 


Mav. 1914. 

veracity is good. Who doubts Pres. 
Chas. G. Finney and Eld. D. Bernard? 

There is only one objection to their re- 
liability. They have been sworn to se- 
recv in regard to the things which they 
profess to reveal. But there are three 
answers to this objection: 

a. Some of these had also been sworn 
to the state to tell the whole truth. Their 
legal oaths were more binding than their 
:\Iasonic oaths ; and they, being lawfully 
sworn, have declared that the exposition 
is correct. 

b. Ixlasonic oaths are not binding. 
They are taken on the expressed condi- 
tion' that there is nothing in them that 
will interfere with any duty. So when 
one finds there is miuch that inter! eres 
with duty and thus the lodge does not 
fulfill its'part of the contract he is freed 
from his part. He is released according 
to the terms of the covenant. 

Even if no condition were expressed 
the oaths would not be binding. They 
conflict with one's obligations to the 
higher law. No oath can make right 
wrong, or wrong right. One is now no 
more freed from duty by saying, "Ma- 
ha-bone," than was one of old by saying. 
"Corban."' Far better break an unlaw- 
ful oath than break the moral law. The 
sin is in taking, not in breaking, such 

'Tt is a great sin to swear unto a sin 
But greater sin to keep a sinful oath." 

c. It is no objection to the truthful- 
ness of men to say that they mistook 
their duty in some particular. A mis- 
taken man may be an honest man. So 
even if ^Masonic oaths were binding, but 
men on reasonable grounds think other- 
wise, and then reveal Masonic secrets 
according to their sincere convictions of 
duty, it might show their ignorance of 
such oaths, or their mistake concerning 
duty, but it does not show that they are 
unw^orthy of belief when they speak what 
they know. 

3. Their testimony is confirmed in 
many ways. 

a. Bv the wonderful harmony of the 
w^itnesses. All seceding Masons agree 
in their stor\^ 

b. By Masonic books. These and the 
expositions fit together exactly. Their 
authors thought they could hint so cun- 
ningly at the secrets that none but Ma- 

sons could understand. Perhaps none 
of us could ever have guessed to what 
they refer. But when the key has once 
been given in an exposition we can plain- 
ly see of what they w^ere speaking. For 
instance, when Sickles says, "The rite 
of induction teaches us that the candi- 
date is stript of all external adornment," 
it confirms the statement of the exposi- 
tion that he enters without his usual 
clothing. The proof of the key is the 
turning of the lock. 

c. By the sensitiveness of members. 
They put on the cap and show that it 
fits. If ^Morgan had not revealed their 
secrets in his book they would have pat- 
ted him on the shouldxsr and laughed in 
their sleeves at his dupes ; but he was 
kidnaped, if not murdered. If ]\Iasonrv 
is not correctly revealed, why does a 
^laconic school teacher whip a boy for 
using the alleged passwords, or punish 
little girls for playing "Hiram Abift"" ? 
Or why do ]\Iasons growl and grumble, 
sweat and swear, rant and rage, and 
threaten and throw stones, when the boys 
have the same game on the commons? 

d. By accidental revelations; Conver- 
sations are often overheard, grips and 
passw^ords are given to us and they mis- 
take us for members if we return them. 
They have been seen at work in the 
lodge, and many things happen almost 
daily to make the strongest circumstan- 
tial evidence. 

e. By the oft-repeated taunt. "Per- 
jured villain." If the writers do not give 
the sworn secrets, how^ are they perjured? 
When Masons say that Alorgan perjured 
hiniself in bringing that little book into 
the w^orld and therefore you don't know 
whether it is true or false, they are a 
good deal like Dick W^ildgrove when his 
daughter-in-law^ brought a pretty babe 
into the world ! A neighbor asked the old 
man the next day if the child were a 
boy or a girl. "Dear, dear," said Dick. 
"what a kettle of fish! Tm ayther a 
grandfather or a gran'mither, an' faith 
an' I don't know which!" Let us know 
of the child and we know Dick is a grand- 
father ; let us know of the perjury and 
we know the book is true. 

f. By honest confessions. Some will 
deny everything. But occasionally there 
is one who is not unreservedly a ]\Iason. 
but w^ho considers the Divine law to 


^; T -; :;r ::.::.. • e the Masonic obli- 
gation to "ever : never re- 
veal " -■'-.''. "c V ,:. -^i^e the truth 

of :■ - Many honest men in 

the I'.'^^T : ■;:•.: the secrets are out. 

I will : . ::iy Brandon friends 

with dece:: ::iey deny our knowl- 
edge of the order: I \i-ill not say that a 
MegapHDlis negro is better than a Brandon 
white Mason, but will tell you wliat a 
col^^red Mason here has to say on the 
subject. While working for me one day. 
I explained to him many s^inbc^Is of the 
order, and after I had gone through the 
ceremony of initiation I remarked that 
the Masons at Brandon say that I don'r 
know anything about ^Iasonr]-^ He 
loc'ked up, surprised at his brethren, and 
said with all earnestness. "Wall, there's 
no use h-in' : you'se e'dar a Mason, else 
you'se been somewhar ! Ya-ya !'* So 
there are truthful Ma.sons. white and 
black, in many lodges, who a-imit 
"There's no use in hing." 

For all these reasons we believe that 
we have a right, that it is our dut}" and 
that it is possible for us to know and 
tmderstand Freemas^rnn.*. 

The audience had remained quiet cur- 
ing this discussion, ^-ith the exception of 
an occasional applause from some and 
:-r. occasional murmur of vexation from 

After finishing this introducton.- ad- 
dress, the doctor added: 

Xow, my friends. ha\-ing answered at 
length one question, let us carefully con- 
sider the next. What is Masonr}^? 

In order to give a \-iew of the lodge 
and examine its ceremonies and princi- 
ples. I will supp'ose that the Rev. ^Ir. 
Ting desires to become a [Mason, and I 
shall describe him and his surrounding^s 
as he is initiated, passed and raised to 
the degree of Master Mason. Mr. Ting 
has sent in his application, has been 
elected, and is about to enter. In the 
ante-room. ha\-ing promised to conform 
to all the established customs and usages 
of the order, he is stripped of his usual 
clothing, and a pair of lodge drawers is 
given him. a hoodwink is put over his 
eyes, a rope put around his neck — 

Many were bending forward eagerlv 

to hear, but the hissing, shouting and 

stamping made it impossible. In a quiet 

moment the dc>ctor reminded the audience 

of his ri^ht t: discuss this subject, and 

hoped for the sake of the gcod name of 
the cit\- all would remain quiet. This re- 
quest was greeted with loud guffaws. 
The O'fficers of the law were asked to 
keep order, but they would no nothing. 
After a few minutes there was quiet 
again. Groves continued. 

I was gi\'ing you a description of how 
Rev. Mr. Ting was m.ade a Mason. 
[Cries of "G? O'n!" "Stop!" "Shut up!" I 
I expect to finish this account. It must 
be told. If those who do not wish to 
hear would withdraw I will proceed. 

His re^quest seemed to be unnecessarv-. 
for some had begim to leave. About 
TA-enrv'-five were engaged in the disturb- 
ance. They seemed to tmderstand each 
other, for soon all were gone and the 
speaker was able to proceed. 

Mr. Ting is in the ante-r<>3m. neither 
naked nor dressed, barefc^-rt nor shed, a 
cable- tow around his neck — 

All at once a comet band commenced 
playing near the door of the hall. It 
was impossible for the speaker to make 
himself heard. He waited several min- 
utes. The auiiience saw the inconsist- 
ency when the band struck up — 

■"My cotintr}.-. his o: thee. 
Sweet land of liberty." 

The lecturer anno^unced in a loud voice 
that if enough would voltmteer to aid 
him he would work the first degree in 
the sight of the audience and 'that as he 
had opportimitv- he would explain the 
ceremony. A nimiber came forward and. 
using their han-ikerc hie fs as white 
aprons, r-epresented the officers oi the 
lodge. A candidate was "dulv ind trjlv 
prepared." The doctor acted for each in 
his turn, and with such skill that even 
the initiated thought he was more than 
a book Mason. The degree was about 
half finished — the audience was getting 
from the performances within and with- 
out the hall a tolerably fair idea oi Ma- 
sonn.- — when suddenly all was dark and 
there arose the wild en.- of "Fire!" 
"Fire!" There was only one place of 
egress, and this fact added to the terror 
of the darkness and the cr>-. 

As soon as the audience would spring 
for life scores would be tram.pled to 
death. Groves took in the situation at 
once, and with wonderful presence of 
mind and in a commanding voice 
shouted, "Sit still! Let no one move- 
It's a false alam: — a Masonic lie." The 



^lay, 1914. 

audience scarcely stirred until after a 
word of caution they were dismissed. 
By the aid of the "three lesser lights" 
dimly burning on the platform they 
found the way to the door. Wise men, 
who had come to the hall through mere 
curiosity, as they were leaving amid the 
taunts of the mob, gravely shook their 
heads and said, "There is something rot- 
ten in Denmark." 

The next morning it was discovered 
that the darkness had been caused by the 
removal of the plug from- the gas pipe 
in the basement. The newspapers gen- 
erally, the so-called reliable newspapers, 
which pubhsh accounts of dog-hghts in 
distant states, did not care or dare in this 
case to give the news, which they could 
have copied from their ]\Iegapolis ex- 
changes ; for such was the public indig- 
nation that the city papers, some of whose 
editors were ]\Iasons, were compelled to 
notice the outrage. The Age said : 

"The person who pulled the plug out 
of the gas pipe in the basement of the 
hall the other night should be severely 
punished. Suppose, while the room was 
full of gas below, a person had taken 
a lighted lamp to see what the matter 
was, the entire block would have been 
blown to atoms and hundreds of souls 
sent into eternity. It was the most cow- 
ardly, diabolical act ever perpetrated in 
this city. However, we believe the lodge 
had nothing to do with the affair." 

TJie Liberator said: 

"The demonstration was an insult to 
the respectable audience and a disgrace 
to the city. The crowd outside acted like 
any other lawless mob, and made such a 
noise as to break up the meeting. Here- 
after the lecturer will be protected." 

The Wire-Puller, one of whose ed- 
itors "has been to Jerusalem," admitted 
the above facts in an editorial, written 
for political effect. From this article the 
following sentences are culled : 

"A few indiscreet members of the most 
powerful secret organization on earth 
have brought reproach on our fair city 
and disgrace on the order. They have 
added fuel to the fire and pushed into no- 
toriety a perjured scoundrel incapable of 
doing them any injury. If the lecturer 
is a fraud and telling lies, why the de- 
sire to squelch him ?" 

"The editor of The Age says, 'Alasons 

had nothing to do with the disgraceful 
affair.' We know better, and if he knows 
anything, he knows better." 

"An infidel can have a hall and parade 
rank infidelity unmolested ; a bulldozed 
nun can have a church and heap lies and 
abuse on Catholics and all is serene and 
lovely, and yet it remains for Alasons to 
bulldoze an expelled, perjured member 
for attempting to lecture on what he con- 
siders the wrongs perpetrated by an or- 
der as old as the hills and solid as the 

The next day the doctor and Edith re- 
turned home in safety. The perpetrators 
of the outrage were not arrested, al- 
though their names were known by the 
officers of the city. 

(To be continued.) 


Alany of the readers of the Cynosure 
will be pleased to learn that Rev. G. A. 
Pegram, sometime an agent of our Asso- 
ciation, was married ^larch 25th last to 
:\Iiss Nellie Cloud of Westfield, Ind. She 
is a graduate of the Bible School at Fair- 
mount, and has spent two years in city 
mission work. We are sure that many 
readers will be glad to join with the 
editor in congratulations and best wishes 
to our brother Pegram. 


From a souvenir issued on the occa- 
sion of the national convention of the 
United Commercial travelers of America, 
held at Natchez, Miss., in May, 1913, it 
appears that "the Order of United Com- 
mercial travelers of America is the onlv 
secret society in the world composed ex- 
clusively of members of one craft." . . . 
"It has been referred to as the commer- 
cial travelers' Alasonry" (p. 9). "Aleet- 
ings of subordinate councils are held 
once or twice a month for conferring the 
secret work . . ." (p. 11). 

The U. C. T. have an inner circle 
called "The Ancient Mystic Order of 
Bagmen of Bagdad," founded in Cincin- 
nati in 1892, with now about twenty-five 
"Subordinate Guilds, all reporting to the 
Imperial Guild at Cincinnati." This Or- 
der, too, has a secret ritual (p. 15) and 

May, 1914. 



its members on festive occasions wear 
curious uniforms resembling those of 
Turkish soldiers (p. 35). We are relia- 
bly informed that there are Catholics 
among its more prominent members. 


While of course not identical with the 
ordinary antisecrecy reform, the fight in 
the United States Senate seems not whol- 
ly dissimilar in spirit. The war broke out 
openly in the senate chamber Saturday. 
April 4, following a defiance uttered the 
day before by several senators who pro- 
tested against suppression of debate on 
confirmation of a member of the Inter- 
state Commerce Commission. The open- 
ing gun of Saturday was a resolution 
offered by Senator Kenyon of Iowa to 
provide for open sessions on all matters 
except treaties unless otherwise directed 
by unanimous consent of the Senate. 
Executive session secrecy has been a 
source of dissatisfaction for several 
months of progress toward actual out- 
break. In a recent debate on the general 
arbitration treaty with Great Britain an 
upheaval was impending, or at least on 
account of that debate in which Senators 
Root and O'Gorman of New York had a 
controversy over the Carnegie endow- 
ment for international peace. In some 
way what they said got into print, upon 
which the majority leader introduced in 
a subsequent executive session a resolu- 
tion directing an inquiry by the foreign 
relations committee into the manner in 
which information regarding secret pro- 
ceedings is made public ; but having been 
referred to the rules committee it had 
remained without action until the fight 
against secret proceedings themselves 
fairly opened. Obviously a spirit of anti- 
secrecy is very strong in the United 
States Senate. 

The president of the Washington 
Christian Association, opposed to secret 
societies, writes that the Association has 
placed in the hands of the freshmen and 
sophomores of the State University at 
Seattle copies of "Folly, Expense and 
Danger of Secret Societies" and the two 
tracts, "College Fraternities" and "Frat- 
ernities in State Schools," and that they 
propose to do this for the freshman class 
each vear hereafter. 


"Collegiate and university associations 
have been tolerated, and perhaps en- 
couraged, in our educational institutions. 
Some of them are ancient, as the "Skull 
and Bones" of Yale, with its solemn as- 
sumption of secrecy during the under- 
graduate period. Others have been sim- 
ply exclusive. 

"Now there is a rumpus at the Wes- 
leyan University in Aliddletown, Conn., 
because of the exposure of the "mys- 
teries" of a like organization there. Out- 
siders broke in upon its seclusion, took 
flashlight pictures of its most sacred em- 
blems and penetrated its secrets. Ex- 
ploited in a local newspaper this afljair 
causes local amusement. 

"But should it have a wider influence ? 
The day has long passed when member- 
ship in the secret organizations of our 
educational institutions was really essen- 
tial. There has been a steady advance 
towards the broader estimate of man- 
hood and of intellectual force in the 
world of mankind. Our boys in college 
may pick out their favorites, but the final 
choice remains to be made later." 

The Boston newspaper from which the 
foregoing editorial is copied is of course 
not seen in all the numerous college read- 
ing rooms to which this magazine goes. 
Students outside Yale and \Iiddletown 
will be interested in a comment from the 
post-graduate or every day world they 
are approaching. So far as we have been 
aware, there has never been a period in 
the long history of American colleges 
when cold sense like this which is ex- 
pressed in these few words seemed to be 
affecting the inside temperature of college 
halls so much as in very recent years. If 
as much change results at \\>sle\an as 
had already taken place at Yale there will 
be reason for congratulation. 


Literary talent must be among lodge 
secrets kept in close reserve ; for. al- 
though there is plenty of printed matter 
in books and periodicals belonging to 
various orders, we fancy that little of 
it all could be called real literature. 

What literature is, and what is not 
literature, is at least partly indicated by 
a few words with which Sherwin Cody 
begins the introduction to "\\'hat to Read 
and How to Read." He there s-tates 



May, 1914. 

that "the best modern usage restricts 
the word literature to that which deals 
with the human heart and emotion, in- 
cluding intellectual emotions. That into 
which no feeling can enter is not litera- 
ture." After dwelling a moment upon 
this, he proceeds : "A little psvcholog}' 
will help us to understand the matter 
better. The mind has three aspects — 
the intellectual, which gives us truth; 
the ethical, which gives us nobility; and 
the aesthetic, which gives us beauty." 

If we accept these as tests or creden- 
tials of all which deserves the name liter- 
ature, we may apph' them to what flows 
from lodge pens through manuals, pe- 
riodicals, and printed matter of various 
kinds. Too sweeping a denial of liter- 
ary value need not be attempted, though 
it may be hard to discover much that 
seems worthy of enthusiasm. A reader 
who lacks taste for bombast and bun- 
come, and who does not thrill to the 
chant of superstition seems liable to find 
himself walking where dreariness and 
barren falsity stretch away on one hand, 
while rank weeds of magniloquence dot 
the fields with fustian blossoms on the 

If this is not so, the contrary will come 
to light if the tests are applied in due 
order. The first is truth appealing to 
intellectual emotion — thrilling, or inspir- 
ing, or grandly satisfying truth. At once 
we are startled by its opposite. Error 
and falsity displace truth. Disappointed 
instead of satisfied, the intellect is re- 
pelled. In place of foundation for 
thought, stands little besides empty 
claims and hollow deceptions. Upon 
such foundations can be erected a struc- 
ture of doggerel and low grade prose, 
but truth is demanded for literature to 
which strong intellects respond with 
such emotion as is evoked by real litera- 

In case any reader suspects this criti- 
cism of being too extreme, and of being 
capable of frequent exceptions, we will 
not bluntly deny the possible danger, but 
will await the results of his search for 
disproof. At least two sources will be 
found open if refuting evidence exists. 
One will be the common consent of 
critics and admirers of the best litera- 
ture. If these are wont to turn again 
and again to pages which either delight 

or overpower the intellectual sense; if, 
moreover, they refer with common con- 
sent to recognized masterpieces ; then a 
presumption is raised against what we 
have written. Citation of such authority 
could take the form of reference to pages 
m standard manuals of English litera- 
ture, like that of ]\Iinto, for example. 
Let the inquirer look through such a 
work as Clark's ''Study of English Prose 
Writers." In brief, let him cite a recog- 
nized literary authority. Another form 
of citation would point to the pages of 
\olumes which contain the very litera- 
ture in question. These must of course 
be strictly Alasonic. , Other literature 
which happens to have been written by 
Freemasons would hold little relation to 
the present question; this must grow 
from the root of symbol and ritual and 
mythical superstition. As little would 
gems of classic paganism vindicate a 
claim. In this instance, none could call 
in the aid of those "ancient brethren" 
who lived in the days of the mysteries, 
or those w^ho now cluster about the 
pagodas of southern xAsia. By legiti- 
mate citations our criticism, if false, can 
be disproved ; if too extreme, modified. 
The simple question at issue is whether 
strictly IMasonic writings are real litera- 
ture because they are able to awaken 
emotion which depends on a thrill or in- 
fluence which is distinctively intellec- 

What our author calls the second 
''aspect of the mind," the "ethical which 
gives us nobility," awaits a literary test 
of another kind. Nevertheless, w^e may 
do well to remember how he adds that 
"it is really impossible to separate one 
of these things from the other entirely." 
The literature of ethics does not fail of 
intellectual quality. In applying this 
second test, indeed, the intellectual facul- 
ties are precisely what seem to compli- 
cate the critical experiment. Though at 
first we seem to read ethical homilies 
which sound well and seem not devoid 
of graces worth noting, the intellect soon 
begins to find reason to weigh the sub- 
stance of which alleged ethical principles 
consist. It is soon reminded of insur- 
ance schedules, issued as pure business 
documents by companies of various 
kinds, and of words found in the fifth 
chapter of Matthew and the sixth of 

May, 1914. 


Luke. Shrewd self-seeking seems to im- 
pair nobility. This endangers vividness 
of ethical portrayal. The intellect, 
moreover, balances the question whether 
it is truly ethical to wrong the virtuous 
by shielding the victims. Sound ethics 
seem to require such recognition of the 
duties of citizenship as will forbid inter- 
fering with reasonable application of 
customs and laws which protect society. 
It may finally appear that sound and 
thorough literary criticism will find here 
sufficient justification for calling these 
ethical attempts on the whole " a de- 
ficient literature." 

The remaining aspect of the mind is 
''the aesthetic, which gives us beauty.'' 
It would seem unfair to cite only such 
writing as we find in little society or- 
gans — writing which too often betrays 
the untrained hand. Neither may we 
forget that tastes differ, and that con- 
cerning tastes there is no disputing. 
Still, there are certain fixed canons of 
criticism which must not be too glaringly 
violated. Grandiloquence is not elo- 
quence ; bombast is mildew and frost to 
beauty. Parted too widely from truth, 
or from nobility, literary beauty fades 
and its aesthetic tints disappear from 
view. If we mistake not, almost all 
literature that has long survived its first 
generation of readers is strongly marked 
by aesthetic quality. The literature of 
home and country and the kingdom of 
heaven abounds in beauty. Its abun- 
dance loads the shelves of libraries. 
Among them all, few volumes, if any, 
seem to be found which have sprung 
forth and blossomed from the soil of 
dark secrecy. They are all the children 
of light. 

Since the days that are past are gone 
forever, and those that are to come may 
not come to thee, it behooveth thee, O 
man, to employ the present time, with- 
out regretting the loss which is past, or 
too much depending on that which is to 
come. — Dodsley. 

No matter how much you have to do, 
remember you can only do one thing at 
a time. You can get through it all by 
doing one thing at a time, and that's the 
only way you can get through. You are 
lost if you try any other way. — E. K. 


At Sunnyside, his beautiful home, 
early in the morning of March lo. Rev. 
Alexander Thomson passed quietly out 
of this life into the Life Eternal. For 
many days the people of Saugatuck. 
Mich., have been thrilled by the wonder- 
ful spectacle of calm serenity and tri- 
umphant faith presented by this dying- 
Christian. There was unavoidable suf- 
fering, but no gloom, just a getting ready 
for a journey from which he would not 

His last days were a spiritual uplift to 
all who were privileged to hear and see 
him. Until speech failed him he was 
busy doing the Lord's work. Strong men 
were moved to tears by his tender fare- 

Alexander Thomson was born Sept- 
30. 1844, at Aberdeen, Scotland. Late in 
ihe Civil War he came to the L^nited 
States and enlisted in the 144th Illinois 
Infantry. His term was short, his health 
breaking down permanently. Mr. Thom- 
son was ordained as a minister of the 
Congregational church in 1877. His first 
charge was at Bartlett, 111. He was in 
active ministrv twentv-one vears. From 



May, 1914. 

the age of sixteen he was a champion 
of temperance and for forty years a 
member of the National Christian As- 
sociation and a contributor to its organ. 
"The Cynosure." 

The two following poems were very 
recently written by him, the second of 
the two was written Jan. 20 immediate- 
ly after the doctor had informed him 
that his disease was probably fatal : 

Light Afflictions But For A Moment. 

Are these afflictions light my Lord? 

They force the tear and start the sigh ; 

They make the young spring forest sear 

And leave the once full channel dry. 

But for a day? Nay, days and years 
Are black with gloom and grim with pain. 

The barren earth sharp thorns rears, 
Hot scalding tears are all the rain. 
O story past our human thought, 
O wonder working God, we know 
That often when the shadows fall 
There comes the evening's afterglow. 

And so we wait the open door. 
The greatness of the glad release. 
The day when all thy scjuadrons ride. 
Full laden to the port of peace. 

Not like the dog to his kennel. 
Not like the ox to his stall, 
Not like the horse to his stable, 
When the night begins to fall ; 
But I look for the beams of gladness 
To break through the clouds of pain ; 
I wait for the call of the Master 
And sunshine after rain. 

He was an affectionate husband and 
father, a loyal friend, a true patriot, a 
faithful pastor, a gifted speaker, a deep 
analytical thinker possessing a vast fund 
of knowledge, and last of all an earnest 
Christian. His life was a ministration, 
its end a benediction. 


Rev. I. G. Bailey, fell asleep in Jesus, 
on the 14th of February last. "Lizzie 
Woods" writes : "He was a great and 
good man and occupied very prominent 
places in his denomination. He was mod- 
erator of his district and was the leader 
in establishing; in it the Baptist Academy, 
and was president of its board of trus- 
tees. He and his wife have been for 
years workers for the "Fireside Schools" 
and it was due to their efforts that "Liz- 
zie Woods" came into touch with that 
work and with the principles of oppo- 
sition to secret societies. Mr. and Mrs. 

Bailey had been for years supporters of 
the Christian Cynosure and they were 
very faithful in warning and teaching 
others the whole truth. When enemies 
threatened to burn his house, Mr. Bailey 
said: "Well, if God wants me to suffer 
that much from the Devil, then let his 
servants burn me out." Mrs. Bailey said 
she also was willing to suffer with her 
husband for Jesus' sake." Let us not for- 
get to ask God's richest blessings upon 
his surviving wife and four children. 

getti0 of ®ur Wotk 

The Annual Meeting and Convention 
of the National Christian Association 
occurs on Thursday and Friday, May 
21st and 22nd, in the Moody Church, 
corner Chicago avenue and North La 
Salle street, Chicago, 111. 

The opening session M^ill be at 10:30 
o'clock Thursday morning, followed by 
an afternoon session at 2, an evening 
session at 7:30, a Friday morning ses- 
sion at 9 :30, an afternoon session at 2, 
and an evening session at 7:30. Besides 
the election of officers and the transac- 
tion of other important business, there 
will be addresses by able speakers. 
Elmer B. Stewart, 

Nora E. Kellogg, 
Recording Secretary. 

Philadelphia, Pa., April 10, 1914. 
It is a great pleasure as well as a great 
help to have this contender for freedom 
of conscience, The Christian Cyno- 
sure, coming to hand month by month. 
We need the help it gives in our home 
missionary work in the church, for it 
clears up some points hard to explain to 
some of our young people in the Sunday 
school who have no opportunity of home 
training in these matters. I hope I can 

Can anyone give us information as to 
the order "The Sons of Norway" and 
also of the order "Independent Scandi- 
navian Workmen Association." 

May, 1914. 



get more of our people to take the maga- 
zine. Alexander A1. Adams. 

A Colorado correspondent writes : 
"Here is the result of my last efifort to 
convince a Chicago man of the evils of 
Masonry : 

"Chicago, February 3, 1914. — Dear A. 
L. H. : Your portrayal of INIasonry has 
knocked the pins from under my assump- 
tion that Masonry is a good institution. 
I am amazed at your disclosures. I 
thought well of the order because of 
their hostility to popery. Dr. Albert re- 
turned to me the Christian Cynosure 
at your request. At your suggestion I 
have been reading them more carefully 
than at first and the articles surely em- 
phasize the fact of the Masonic lodge 
being hostile to Christianity. I had been 
told that Lincoln was a Mason. Am glad 
you informed me differently. Still any 
organization hostile to popery meets my 
approval to that extent." 

in our neighborhood. You can depend 
on me and the Christian Reform Church 
of this section of the country to help 
make it a success." 

A pastor now located in Pennsylvania 
writes that he attended our convention in 
Portland, Ore. "I have but recently 
moved here and it has been intimated to 
me that whereas my predecessor belonged 
to the Junior American Mechanics that 
I should too. I wish to know just what 
this lodge stands for." 

The Cynosure will publish any in- 
formation that one who has been a mem- 
ber may give us. 

A New Jersey correspondent who has 
found it difficult to get his mail sent from 
this office has finally secured the services 
of the Government Inspector and is con- 
sequently receiving better service. He 
says that the contest over the election of 
school trustee resulted in the defeat of 
the JNIason by a good majority and the 
election of a man who was not under 
special obligations to a portion of the 

Rev. F. Stewart, pastor of the Chris- 
tion Reform Church at Sanborn, Iowa, 
was away from home at the time of the 
Oskaloosa convention, but expresses his 
regret and shows his interest by sending 
a contribution towards the expenses and 
says, "I hope that you may be able to 
hold your next year's Iowa convention 


Iowa Christian Association $10.00 

Samuel Berlin Estate 25.00 

Ellen M. Manter 5.00 

Mrs. Georgia A. Brown 5.00 

Rev. F. Stuart i.oo 

J. C. Jensen 50 

H. Dekker i.oo 

N. E. K 5.00 

Christian Reformed Church, Cor- 
sica, S. D 2.81 

For Annual Convention : ^ 

Miss S. F. Hinman i.oo 

Rev. S. P. Long i.oo 

Rev. H. A. Day 3.00 

Some thirty or more educational in- 
stitutions have had the Cynosure do- 
nated to them during the last month, 
and contributions for supplying grad- 
uates of theological seminaries has per- 
mitted the association to give seventy- 
four young ministers during the last 
month ''Modern Secret Societies" or 
"Finney on Masonry" as each preferred. 


Goshen, Ind., April 17, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure : 

A pastor said to me the other day : "I 
have never taken much interest in the 
antisecrecy work. I know many good 
ministers who belong, and have felt if 
there was any very serious wrong in the 
lodge they would not be there." I talked 
with another minister about the matter, 
and he told me that he had taken thirty- 
two degrees in masonry, and there was 
nothing in it either -good or bad. 

When I left Washington, D. C. the 
other day I saw by the paper the ladies 
were to have a series of tango dances in 
the new Alasonic Temple. Perhaps they 
would not agree with this minister, who 
had taken, according to his own report, 
"ihirty-two degrees" of notJiimj. 

An Odd Fellow preacher was once 
asked if he was going to attend his dance 
that evening. He indignantly replied that 
he did not attend dances. The man in- 
quiring said : "Surely you ought to attend 
your own. You are a meml^er and advo- 
cate of the lodge and should attend its 


Mav. 1914. 

functions the same as you would attend 
the prayer meeting and other functions of 
your church." 

\\'ould it not be well to get up a few 
tango dances for the benetit of these 
preachers who can '"see nothing in it" ? 

Your eastern secretary has certainly 
been moving some during the month 
passed. ]\Iy work has been in Xew York, 
IMassachusetis, ^Maryland, the District of 
Columbia. Pennsylvania, Ohio and In- 
diana.' I found ^Irs. A. E. Stoddard at 
the Boston headquarters, pushing the 
Xew England work as usual. 2^Iany tracts 
had been distributed and some new 
friends interested. B}- invitation your 
secretary took part in meetings held in 
the First Reformed Presbyterian and 
First United Presbyterian churches, Bos- 
ton, greetings in Norwegian Lutheran 
churches in Roxbury, ]^Iass., and Brook- 
lyn. X. Y.. gave opportunity to address 
some who desired the facts. At both 
meetings the collections were larger in 
proportion than the attendance. 

I was very happily surprised to find 
the progress our good friends at Corona. 
L. L, X'. Y., had been making. The Free 
Gospel ]^Iission now has a delightful 
home centrally located and is attracting 
much attention. It was your representa- 
tive's privilege to give the lirst prayer 
meeting address in the new church. Its 
reception was most cordial. Bro. Lag- 
ville and the other antisecrecy friends 
will give much needed light in that city 
I am sure. 

Coming west I made a brief stop in 
Pittsburgh, Pa. Spent Sabbath, April 5, 
in Columbus, Ohio, preaching in the Free 
]\Iethodist and Friends churches. There 
were two hundred or more at the meet- 
ing in the Friends church located on 
Highland avenue, Bro. Kirby, the pastor. 
was most cordial and heartily endorsed 
our antisecrecy message. Our cause was 
sustained as usual in Cynosure subscrip- 
tions secured in Columbus and Cedar- 
ville, Ohio. At Xenia and Dayton also 
there were additions to our Cynosure 
lists. The professors of the United Pres- 
byterian Seminar}- at Xenia arranged for 
me to address the students under their 
care for half an hour. ^ly address was 
suggestive rather than comprehensive. 
Questions were asked and most of the 
students seemed glad to get what I was 

able to give. A young man from Canada 
was evidently not pleased with my repre- 
sentations regarding Freemasonrv and 
left before I closed. A fellow student 
promised to cool him with water. I was 
told a man called to minister to an Xenia 
church atiended a ^Masonic lodge meet- 
ing soon after his arrival and proceeded 
to preach a sermon in which he sought to 
laud that institution. His pastorate last- 
ed about three months. I was also in- 
formed that some Elks were shipping in 
liquor contrary to law. A }^Iason went 
to the judge the day before their trial and 
asked that they be let olt. calling atten- 
tion to our ]\Iasonic relations. The judge 
is said to have told this ^lason that he 
had come a day too soon — the trial was 
no I until the day following. When the 
trial came, the judge sentenced the Elks 
found guilty with a tine and imprison- 
ment. Thus it became evident that this 
Masonic judge did not feel under obliga- 
tion to clear guilty Elks. How it would 
have turned had they been guilty }^Iasons. 
we can only guess. Perhaps he would 
have been a second Judge Whitney. To 
be perfectly safe, would it not be well for 
those expecting to be criminals to unite 
with all the lodges? 

I have written much about our good 
friends at Berne. Ind.. and they deserve 
much attention. About lifty subscribed 
for the Cynosure during my visit this 
year. I gave four addresses while there, 
two in each of the ^Missionary churches. 
Brethren Klopfonstein and Schroeder are 
pastors. I should mention ^Ir. Albert 
X'euhauser as he helped me much in get- 
ting to the people's homes. He would 
like to be present at the annual meeting 
in Chicago, 'Md.y 21 and 22. Surely Berne 
should be represented. \\'ill not friends 
there see that he is sent and expenses 
paid? I learned of three in Berne that 
had left the lodge, presumably helped in 
their decision by X. C A. influences. 

I found about one hundred and flfty 
of our friends, the Missouri Lutheran 
pastors and teachers attending their Dis- 
trict Conference at Ft. Wayne. Ind. To 
the greetings which I brought in behalf 
of our Association, they responded in an 
address of assurance of their good will 
and sympathy through Pastor J. H. ^fil- 
ler of St. Paul's church. Several were 



glad to aid, giving their subscriptions tc 
the Cynosure. 

It was said there were sixr\' in anend- 
ance at the Ft. Wayne Bible Training 
School to whom I gave . An 

uninformed young mar. ^ ::u!d 

not know much of lodges v, : : : : 2 


1 am to go to the devotional senice in 
the INIennonite College here in Goshen. 
Ind., tomorrow. Elder Berkey of rhe 
Brethren church will ta'-: 
try where I am to pr^ 
Am not sure whether ^ - ^ :: 

Michigan or Chicaeo : r: : : _„''s 

come for lectures r r :r ' - 

Leesvil^e. La.. Arrr ':. :;^:_. 
Dear Cynosure : 

After a very r r ! r :r:r : :r:a's and 
work. I am si... :r :rc \'.: : -zz'. nring 
line, praise I'r.z 1 ri. 

Mrs. Da -: r as retur::.: fr r: Xe.v 
Orleans somev. ::a: ::::r r r i. I ?.:v. ':. :r.z 
for two days* res:. :::c:: I -':.}.'/. ^:: L .; 
and again g: a::n: :he Hra . cn'y Fa- 
ther's bn sines-, 

7ne ::-':v;:n^ are :ne rl?.:es visited 
an-u vvnere ^ rreacnec. .err-irei ana se- 
cured a nun::er :: Cvxisvaz re^ilerr ; 
At Tillman. La, 

I me: a hear:v -.vr!::n:c frnn '^■z^::n 
G. W. Ar-r^:;; :.,: : :: _b : > .::n > 
ness I was pr: : :^r: : -n -n: ^ -rca^< 
to the day sen:' nl rr : a: Shadj- 
Grove Bar:b: In : b Tnis used tc be 
an ideal sa . d : u since the or- 

ganization of ar. :. *s Lodge, an . 

the erection of :. L . a!!, vice is su- 
preme. One deaccn : i . r : nn ' :ra . er 
meetings here are air. r. a :i n^ :f :he 

At Cravens, La. 
. Rev. T. T. Thcn:as receive i :.nd en- 
tertained me royally, and r .- 
ing for me to both preaci r. 
The congregations were ver. as 
many of the people CTO^^'^ r ^:z 
show in the afternoon, ar iving 
picture show at night. 

At DeRidder. 

I met a committee from the Galea sien 
Union iNIissionar}' Baptist A-siciaticn 
and we incorporated under e 

name, preparatory to commc . r.^ ^n 

orphanage and old folk's home. The se- 
cretists had well leavened the community 
to prever tul gathering, how- 

ever, I : five came forward 

for prayer. ier is a stronghold 

for secret c r 

At Kirbyville. Texas. 
I was cordiaiiy received and cared for 
by iNIr. Xero J. Davidson "a nephew). 
"••r.'j had sc»ught for an appointment for 
n:e at the Tram Church, but the deacons 
had ready a sugar ccated excuse. 

At Call, Texas. 

I v/as nn?. ie .veicome by Deaccn Sam 

Gar i n^ ^ itjse kindness I was 

privn^ : -.r-^zh at the Baptist 

i. -d This IS an::her s:rong Ic^ge 

-^t Orange. Texas. 
itation of Rev. J. J. Jennings I 
. r^dce and preached four ser- 
rninr a: S:arlight Baptist Church. Two 
riuis '.vere saved and received into the 
C::urch : I als^j paid a visit to iNIount 
d ii vr and i^'drunt Zion Baptist Churches 

: leiiverel ?-n address at each place- 
Z ::un: Rev. Jennings doing a creditable 
•viri-:: nis church is almost out of debt 
ani he is ntaking inviting^ improve- 
n:en:s : he is an arden: Freemasi-n and 
a'in:::s :nat :ne -oiges are sapping tne 
n:e lu: :i tne cnurcnes. 

There are a great many secret lodges 
:: variius kinds here, ven.- few who are 
n;:\DtTS of from two to half a doz- 
en. INlany Negroes are buying prop- 
A— c-r b'.tilding homes. I paid a visit 
: - : .bhc schoo'l and found four hun- 

ir: . :/ 'en:s crowded in a r^vo-stor3' 
iran.c i: r d ling with eight teachers all 
as busy as bees. The principal who is 
an old Louisianian received me cordial- 
Iv and gave m.e twenty minutes to ad- 
dress facu^t}- and s:udents. 
At Sulphur, La. 
I was received and entertained by 
Rev. T \d Barnes who had previously 
arranged for a four days iNlinisters* and 
Deacons* Institute: the rain greatly hin- 
dered the gathering of the people. Some 
of the secret society people had^ made 
manv representations, but on Sunday 
a:tenioo>n. we had a great meeting. Veo' 
nearlv one side of the church was filled 
with the best white people of the town — 
the Banker, the Judge, the M. E. Pas- 



May, 1914. 

tor and their families, and a number of 
others. This speaks well for Rev. Mr. 
Barnes" standing" in the community, 
^lany of the Negroes here, who are 
lodge members, still believe, that their 
lodge owns a bank, a store and a school 
in Vidalia. and that if they need money 
to pay oft* mortgages, or to improve 
their property, it will be forthcoming 
from the lodge bank, or if they are not 
able to educate their children, the lodge 
will educate them free, and if they are 
unable to purchase necessary supplies 
their lodge will supply them. What ab- 
surdity ; what nonsense, and yet I 
warned these same people last Novem- 
ber against these frauds and produced a 
letter from the Secretary of State sub- 
stantiating my statement. But they are 
so absorbed in the representation of 
their lodge leaders they will not believe 
the truth. Again I declare upon my 
word of honor there is not a Negro 
bank in Louisiana. One of the most 
wicked things about these misrepresenta- 
tions is that the men making them are 
Baptist preachers. 

At Rayne, La. 

I was cordially received by Deacon P- 
A. Kingston, who had also arranged for 
a ^Ministers' and Deacons' Institute, but 
the weather again greatly hindered the 
success of the meeting. Rev. C. N. Wil- 
liams, of Roanoke, rendered me invalu- 
able services. 

The people in this rice and sugar belt 
are barely eking out a living. Men work 
on the few farms that are in operation 
for sixty and seventy-five cents a day 
and board themselves ; and in the town 
and for the railroads for ninety cents to 
$1.15 per day; and women work for 
$1.25 to $1.50 per week. You can read- 
ih' understand how impossible it is to 
make a living. 

Strange to say three-fifths of the Ne- 
gro children here are not attending 
school. The Roman Catholic Church 
rules supreme here with many Negro 
communicants. The secret lodges are 
also bleeding these already poverty 
stricken people. 

At New Iberia, La. 

I was met by Prof. Jonas Henderson, 
principal of Howe Institute, who escort- 
ed me to the school where I was made 

both welcome and comfortable. This 
school rests on the Gospel foundation of 
opposition to secret societies, which is no 
little hindrance to its financial success. 

The Democratic free sugar schedule 
has paralyzed the sugar industry and 
almost depopulated some of the erst- 
while flourishing sugar farms which fur- 
nished work to from one hundred to two 
hundred male and seventy-five to one 
hundred fifty female laborers. Every 
mill and factory in New Iberia is closed 
down which has caused almost a whole- 
sale exodus to the sawmill and turpen- 
tine stills of Southwest Louisiana, Texas 
and Mississippi. Forty families have left 
here since January" ist. The Howe In- 
stitute has a very pressing and threaten- 
ing debt of $1,500.00 hanging over it, for 
which they are earnestly praying some 
way out. I spoke at Howe Institute, 
the public school. Pilgrim Baptist and 
the Congregational Churches. I found J. 
B. Livingston as true and faithful as 
ever, standing firmly on God's Word 
and against all modern idolatry, but the 
Congregational pastor, contrary to the 
principles of the American Missionary 
Association, is an ardent and devout 
Oddfellow, which has caused a falling 
off of som.e of the best and oldest mem- 
bers, who so deeply imbibed the prin- 
ciples of publicity from Rev. Byron Gun- 
ner until they can't be swayed by min- 
isters of false gods and altars of Baalim- 
At Crowley, La. 

Rev. H. C. Ross received me kindly. 
I preached for his people, left the fire 
burning and bade adieu. 

At Lake Charles, La. 

Dr. Taylor Fryerson, formerly of 
Pearlington, Miss., a graduate of Le- 
land University, New Orleans, under the 
late Prof. H. Woodsmall, received me- 
Dr. Fryerson is a life long antimason. 
having joined the lodge about thirty 
years ago, but soon discovering it to be 
antichristian, he immediately withdrew 
and for more than twenty-five years he 
has lifted his voice publicly against se- 
cret societies, immorality and the liquor 
traffic. He has the best trained and most 
intelligent congregation in Southwest 
Louisiana. I preached for his church 
and received a cordial welcome to re- 

May, 1914. 



At Abbeville, La. 

Rev. A. Oliver, D. D., a CYNOSUKii 
contributor in the eighties, received me 
cordially. He had previously announced 
my coming, but as Dr. J. R. Jackson, of 
Lake Charles, had just given them a 
very heavy dose of antilodge tonic, which 
had acted very forcibly, they did not 
care to have another dose repeated so 

At Stables, La. 

Rev. L. Brooke invited me to preach 
to his people. The Holy Ghost was pres- 
ent, and He gave me power in speaking. 
The lodge element trembled, but no man 
resented the truths as told. I secured for 
the Cynosure a good circulation at 
every point. 

At Leesville, La. 

One of the leading deacons of thi> 
place has been authorized to organize the 
"Order of Tabernacles." Strange to say. 
but it is true, the Negro seems ready to 
bow at the shrine of every false altar- 
The Roman Catholics have just com- 
pleted a church house in Leesville, the 
first in this entire section of country. 

Pray for me. I am in the midst of 

vicious wolves. The enemy to truth is 

trying to close every door against me •- 

I am trusting in God and His promises- 

Yours sincerely, 

Francis T. Davidson. 


Argenta, Ark., April i, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I am still in the fight against sin and 
the Devil, because he is playing havoc 
with the Church. A sister in a prominent 
church here, said a few days ago, "I be- 
long to seven lodges." No wonder Jesus 
said (Luke 16:13), no servant can serve 
two masters. Here is a poor woman try- 
ing to serve seven other masters and 
Christ, and also compelling her pastor 
to serve with her. She said "we don't 
let a preacher preach our annual sermons 
if he don't belong to our lodge." I said, 
poor, silly woman, you don't know any 
better, but of this sort of ministers are 
they which creep into houses and lead 
captive silly women, laden with sins, led 
away with divers lust ever hearing and 
never able to come to the knowledge of 
the truth. (2 Tim. 3:6-7). 

The preachers that teach that their 

members cannot help living in sin have 
the frog spirit in them. "And I saw three 
unclean spirits like frogs come out of 
the mouth of the Dragon and out of the 
mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth 
of the false prophet." Rev. 16:13. These 
false preachers jump holiness if they 
come to Heb. 12:14. If they come to 
Matt. 23:8-10 they jump it; if they come 
to I Thes. 9:7 they jump it; if they 
come to Matt. 5:34 they jump it. You. 
see that unclean frog spirit jumps every- 
thing that will help men live holy lives 
and have the mind of Christ, i Cor. 2:16- 

She said "we don't neglect our 
church." No you don't neglect your 
church, but you neglect obedience "^o the 
Word of God. You build your church 
and have the Masons, Elks, Owls, Odd- 
fellows, K. of P., Woodchopper and 
what not come and lay the corner stone 
and dedicate the House of God, and then 
you give them your bodies, which are the 
temple of God (I Cor. 6:19), which our 
blessed Christ bought with His blood. 

She said, "Aly preacher believes in 
what is right, I know he would not tell 
me anything wrong." I said the Word of 
the Lord is right. Psa. 33 .-4, and let God 
be true, Rom. 3:4, but every man a liar- 
The old Baptist church that at one time 
would not allow her members to belon.s 
to secret societies is now the 'hot bed 
of Masonry and all kinds of lodges. I 
am talking about the Negro Baptists, 
because I know them. I have been one 
for thirty-two years. I remember when 
she had power, but like Samson, she 
went to sleep on Delilah's knees. Judges. 
16:19, Samson once had God's strength, 
but when he put his head in old Delilah's 
lap, his strength left him. Slic bound 
him. Then they blinded him and then 
put him to grinding in the prison of the 

Dear Cynosure, I can not keep back 
the tears when I see my old motlier 
church and her children all in prison. Let 
a preacher preach in their temple what 
will condemn the lodge evils, and they 
will crowd him out and will not allow a 
word to bs spoken against them in their 
pulpit. I say truthfully that the Baptist 
churches of Arkansas are bulwarks of 
Masonry, and kindred organizations, 
nnd are not worthy of the name church- 
The virgin has become a harlot, a mod- 
ern Babvlon. and that name can ncnv be 



May, 1914. 

truthfully written over the Baptist 
Church door as truly as it can be as- 
cribed to the Roman Catholic Church. 

I was at Conway, Arkansas, last week 
and in. the testimony meeting after ex- 
posing the sin of secret societies, one 
brother said: *'\Vell, I was a sinner when 
I joined the Oddfellow lodge, and I was 
a member of that lodge for seven years- 
One of the brothers of my lodge told me 
I ought to join some church. I said 'I 
am all right' and paid no attention to 
what he said. I never went to church 
much, but some people came here preach- 
ing a whole gospel and I went to the 
altar and got truly converted, and as 
soon as I got converted I kept on going: 
to church and my lodge brother asked 
me one day why I did not come to the 
lodge, and I told him that I was a mem- 
ber of the church now% and that it took 
me out of the lodge. He said, I had 
never heard anything against lodges at 
that time but the Holy Spirit showed 
me the sin of the lodge and I have never 
been to the hall, from that day till this." 

Lodge members don't cut up like they 
used to ; and another thing, people are 
beginning to get their eyes opened. When 
I give out tracts now, they say, "Yes, 
there is something wrong about these 
lodges." Many are leaving them. Don't 
think our work is in vain. 

I distributed tracts and taught Bible 
lesson Thursday and Friday and came 
back here Saturday. I am going to Hot 
Springs the 7th, Tuesday. 

Y^ours in Christ and for His service. - 
Lizzie Roberson. 


The Second Letter. 

In the issue of November, 1913, we called 
attention to a plan pursued by Rev. H. M. 
Bissell in bearing testimony as to the influ- 
ence of the lodge to the people among 
whom he lived. His plan was 3. series of 
letters written from time to time and in 
which he always enclosed a tract that he 
thought would be helpful. The first letter 
was printed in the last November number 
of the Cynosure, page 217, to which we re- 
ferred our readers. Letter number two of 
the series follows. — Editor. 
Dear Brother : 

Y^ou may be thinking, first, "He, an 
outsider, has no occasion to concern him- 
self about secret societies" ; second, ''he 
can't know anything about them any- 

First. Has not the outsider a duty to 
concern himself? The orders beckon 
his own children. They win the adher- 
ence of numerous brethren in the church. 
In many cases unconverted men base 
their hope of eternal safety on lodge 
morality. A beloved relative of the 
writer died in this delusion: "The lodge 
is enough for me." Not three days ago 
a Christian brother and friend said to 
me, "Well, the man who lives up to Ma- 
sonry won't go far wrong." Jew, gentile 
and Musselman, each may live up to Ma- 
sonry — without Christ — and "not go far 
wrong" ! Bear with me then when I hold 
that even as an outsider, if I be a soldier 
of Christ, I have a duty here. 

Second. "He can't know." Why not? 
The sources of information are ample. 

First. There are the open and accred- 
ited works by recognized authorities in 
the various orders. Of course such 
works do not give "secrets" but they 
do set forth to any and all readers the 
fundamental principles of their orders — 
just what the outsider needs to know. 

Second. In regard to freemasonry, the 
sworn testimony of many adhering Ma- 
sons became a matter of record in the 
civil courts some seventy-five or more 
years since. Those records are extant 
and are well known. 

Third. This unwilling evidence agrees 
well with the testimony of godly men. 
not a few, once in the lodges — men, who 
in the fear of God have come out and 
have spoken. Some of these — Pres. 
Charles G. Finney, Col. George R- 
Clarke and others — were greatly used 
of God as soul-winners after leaving the 

Yes, the non-member can know the 
fundamental character of the lodge if 
he will. We beg you to read the "ex- 
perience of Stephen Merritt," a high 
Mason (leaflet enclosed) — in part sol- 
emn, in part amusing and all instructive. 
Your brother, 

Henry M. Bissell. 


Association met in the Friends' Church, 
Oskaloosa, Iowa, the 23d and 24th 
of March, 1914. There were four ses- 
sions beginning on the evening of the 
23d and closing on the evening of the 

Mav, 1914. 



Wm. I. Phillips, Secy. National Chris- 
tion Association called the meeting to 
order and presided until the election of 
Rev. ^lead A. Kelsey as president. Pray- 
er was offered by Rev. A. H. Brat of the 
Christian Reformed Church, of Otley. 

The following program was fully car- 
ried out except as to Rev. S. J. Malone 
of the United Presbyterian Church, Os- 
kaloosa, and Rev. F. J. Wilson of the 
Wesleyan ^lethodist Church, Clarence, 
who were absent. 

Evening Session Monday, March 23d. 

]\lusic, Penn College Glee Club ; Pray- 
er, Rev. A. M. ^lalcolm, Pastor Asso- 
ciate Presbyterian Church, Albia, Iowa : 
Welcome, Prof. C. ]\I. Case, Penn Col- 
lege ; Response, Wm. I. Phillips, General 
Secretary, National Christian Associa- 
tion ; Music, Penn College Glee Club • 
Address, "The Question of All the 
Ages,'' President C. A. Blanchard. 
Wheaton College. 

Morning Session, Tuesday, March 24th. 

Devotional Service, Rev. S. J. Malone. 
Leader, Pastor United Presbyterian 
Church. Oskaloosa ; Business, Nomina- 
tion and Election of State Committee. 
Reading of Letters, etc. ; Round Table- 
Leader, Rev. F. J. Wilson, Pastor Wes- 
leyan ^Methodist Church, Clarence, Iowa : 
Ten minute testimonials from many : 
Questions Answered. 

Afternoon Session. 

Prayer and Praise ; Address, ''The 
Spiritual Life of the Church as Affected 
by the Lodge," Rev. Clarence Weston, 
Pastor United Evangelical Church, Har- 
lan, Iowa ; Hymn, "Stand Up, Stand Up 
for Jesus" ; Address, ''Lodge Lure for 
Young ^len," President C. A. Blanchard. 
D. D. ; Qustions Answered. 
Evening Session. 

Praver and Reading of the Scriptures, 
Rev. G. A. McLaughlin, D. D., Presi- 
dent Central Holiness University ; ]\lusic. 
Penn College Orchestra; Address, ''Civil 
Government and Secret Societies," Rev- 
S. E. Greer, Pastor, Reformed Presby- 
terian Church, Washington, Iowa ; Mu- 
sic, Penn College Orchestra ; Address. 
"Labor Unions," President C. A. Blan- 
chard. D. D. 


Because of a strike on the street car 
system no cars were run at night and 

man}' were kept from attending who oth- 
erwise would have been present. Some 
twenty-five men and a few women con- 
stituted the forenoon audience ; a few 
more than a hundred were present in the 
afternoon and between two and three 
hundred were with us each evening. One 
of the special courtesies to the conven- 
tion was the surrender of Tuesday eve- 
ning and the taking of Thursday evening 
by the Penn College students after they 
had announced an annual exhibition in 
which there was much interest. The As- 
sociation publicly thanked them through 
Pres. Blanchard from the platform Tues-r 
day evening. 

The following friends were f;)resent 
from other cities so far as record was 
made: Rev. A. H. Brat, Otley; Rev. 
Chas. T. Moore, Indianola ; ]^Ir. Bert 
Humphrey, Greenfield; 'Mr. H. G. Jud- 
son, Lockman ; Rev. S. E. Greer, Wash- 
ington ; Rev. J. L. Riley, Birmingham : 
Mr. W\ S. Kitch. Earlham; Rev. F. D. 
Woodford, Mason City: Mr. ^I. J. 
Boyce, Wintersett ; ^Ir. R. W. Pryor. 
University Park; Mr. Fenwick, Rev. ^I- 
A. r^Ialcolm, Albia; Rev. Clarence Wes- 
ton, Harlan ; Rev. Dr. G. A. ^IcLaughlin, 
University Park, Pres. C. A. Blanchard. 
Wheaton College and Wm. I. Phillips. 

Letters were received from the- follow- 
ing named persons, representatives of 
some fourteen different denominations, 
viz. : Wesleyan ^lethodist. Baptist, Pres- 
byterian, Universalist, Lutheran, Chris- 
tian Reformed, Congregational, Church 
of Christ. ^Nlennonite, Friends, Associate 
Presbyterian, Free ^Methodist and Evan- 
gelical. The writers were : ]Mr. B. Nagel, 
Mr. A. M. IMalcolm, Mr. Robert Lincoln, 
Mr. J. N. Llovd. :^Ir. Plinev Frv, Mr. 
E. Floward Brown. ^Irs. Alice A. ^lill- 
er, Mr. J. B. A'an den Hoek. ^Ir. D. D- 
Zehr, Mr. J. C. Lloyd, ^Ir. P. W. Bon- 
trager, ]\Ir. ]\Iilton W. Siemiller and sis- 
ters, ]\Ir. D. Elmer Miller, ^Ir. E. R. 
Dodd, :^Ir. A. T. Towley, Mr. :^1. J. 
Bovce, ]\Ir. John Watterson. }^Ir. A. L- 
Whitcomb. Mr. O. T. Lee, E. A. Tavlor, 
D. D. S.. ^Ir. S. A. Scarvie, ^Ir. Robt- 
A. Paden. and Mr. Henry Gillespie. We 
quote from some of these letters a few 
sentiments : 

Letters to the Convention. 
Griswold. Iowa. March oth, IQ14. 

Nothing would please me better than 



May. 1914. 

to be present and take part in the meet- 
ing, but cannot tell definitely if I can 

I have some story to tell about my ex- 
periences with lodges for the last twentv 
years. \'ery few indeed in this commun- 
ity, but know I am opposed to them, and 
that I do not hesitate at all times and 
places that opportunity afford to say so- 

I belong to the people known as the 
Church of Christ, or Christian Church - 

I will attend the meeting mentioned if 
possible or will lend you some help finan- 

E. A. Taylor, D. D. S. 

Kanawha, Iowa, March 13th, 1914. 

I regret to say that I cannot be pres- 
ent at your conference in Oskaloosa. 
There is"^ no opportunity for me to get a 
substitute. I am wery glad the good 
cause is going on fighting against the 
evil of the lodges. I wish the speakers 
the Lord's choicest blessings and will 
unite with them in their prayers. 

Our denomination, the Christian Re- 
formed Church, is strongly against the 
lodges. Please accept this very small gift 
for the good cause. 

(Rev.) B. Nagel. 

Albia, Iowa, Feb. 26th, 1914. 
I hope to be able to attend the meeting 
in Oskaloosa in March, as that is only 
a short distance from Albia. I have not 
had the privilege of attending an anti- 
secret meeting for several years. I repre- 
sent a church, the Associate Presby- 
terian, which excludes the orders and I 
am personally in accord with every ef- 
fort to counteract the influence of the 
Secret Empire. Hope the Oskaloosa 
convention will be a decided success in 
every way. Hope I may see you there. 
(Rev.) A. M. Malcolm. 

Grinnell, Iowa, March nth, 1914. 
Would be glad to attend the Confer- 
ence to be held at Oskaloosa though I 
hardly think it possible. I am opposed to 
secret societies. Believe them to be a 
detriment to Christianity. 

A minister in the Friends Church. 
(Rev.) Robert Lincoln. 

Jesup, Iowa, March 14th, 1914. 
It will be impossible to go, or send a 

substitute, and I see no way to even help 
financially but I can ask the good Lord 
to be with you. 

I became a member of the regular 
Baptist Church the spring of 1859 at 
Belvidere, 111., and was connected with 
that church there and here for nearly 
fifty years. I am in my seventy-seventh 
year. J. N. Lloyd. 

Linden, Iowa, March 9th, 19 14. 
I was born and schooled in the Friends 
Church and am serving- my twenty- 
seventh year as pastor of local Friends 
churches. I was never a member of any 
secret society. Have always been op- 
posed to them. I enjoy reading the Cyno- 
sure. I would very gladly help to sustain 
the work of the National Christian xAs- 
sociation with financial aid but it is out 
of the question for me to do it. It has 
always fallen to my lot to serve poor 
churches because I would accept calls 
which other pastors must reject on ac- 
count of the very small salaries offered- 
I've always felt that God was my leader 
in these things and I could trust Him 
to keep my home needs supplied, and Fie 
has done it; but He has not seen fit to 
give me much surplus. I surely will pray 
for your meetings at Oskaloosa. Would 
be there if I could. 

(Rev.) Pliney Fry. 

Earlham, Iowa, March 9th, 1914. 
I am glad to learn of the convention at 
Oskaloosa. I fear I cannot attend owing 
to other engagements for that date. If I 
find I can do so I shall try and attend. I 
am pastor of the Friends Church here. I 
may be able to get some one else to go 
from here. I'll try. 

(Rev.) E. Howard Brown. 

Lehigh, Iowa, March 14th, 1914. 
I remit one dollar for the work and 
one dollar for subscription to the Cyno- 

I belong to the Wesleyan Methodist 
Church. I joined that church in Bureau 
Co., Ill, thirty-four years ago. I will 
pray for the convention. 

Mrs. Alice A. Miller. 

Orange City, Iowa, March 12th, 1914- 

I cannot come to the conference at 

Oskaloosa on March 23d on account of 

May, 1914. 



distance and poor health. May the Lord 
bless your efforts there. 

I am minister of the Christian Re- 
formed Church. You know we have no 
secret societies. Will gladly pray for the 
convention in our church. 

Enclosed is $i.oo for expense of the 
convention. Of course, my donation 
went in our collection (Carnes' Church) 
in January, 1914. 

My daily prayers are for the National 
Christian Association, Dr. Blanchard. 
Rev. Stoddard and Mr. Phillips every 

(Rev.) J. B. Van den Hoek. 

Manson, Iowa, March i6th, 1914. 
I don't think I can be at the conven- 
tion because of lack of health in the fam- 
ily, but I shall remember the work in 
my prayers. It is our prayer that all 
Christian Churches may be freed from 
connections with all lodges. We are in 
the Mennonite Church. 

D. D. Zehr. 

Marshalltown, Iowa, March 17th, 1914. 

I do not know whether I can come to 
Oskaloosa to the convention" or not. I 
am a lone handed farmer. 

I am an Orthodox Friend of the most 
pronounced type and was taught from 
earliest childhood to abhor secret socie- 
ties and have never belonged to any or- 
der of any kind in my life. You have 
my prayer for your success in your anti- 
secrecy work. 

I will come to the convention if the 
Lord opens the way. 

J. C. Lloyd. 

Kalone, Iowa, March i6th, 1914. 
I will attend the convention if I can. 
I am a Mennonite and would like to see 
Satan's work ended which he is doin^ 
through the secret lodges. They are 
drawing our young generation away 
from the churches and are blindfolding 
them from the true light of God and 
filling their hearts with darkness. 


Blockton, Iowa, March 17th, 1914. 
As we live on a farm it is hardly pos- 
sible for any of us to attend this meet- 
ing. We are truly sorry that \we cannot 
be present for we are interested in this 

great work. We are Radical United 

The Cynosure is such an encourage- 
ment and blessing in our home. Our 
daily prayer to God is that He will bless, 
lead and take care of each of those 
working in the reform cause. 

Enclosed find draft to help defray ex- 
Milton W. Siemiller and Sisters. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 19th, 1914- 
We, as a Church, will feel as always 
that our brethren must not be connected 
with Secret Societies and we are free 
from them as far as I know. However, 
in this very complicated day of* Trade 
Unions, we are having trouble in some 
places ,ito keep our men supporting 
families and not affiliate with the L^nion 
in some degree. 

D. Elmer ]\Iiller. 

Northville, S. Dak., March i8th, 1914. 

Yours at hand and turned over to 
Rev. R. W. Emerson who is president 
of our Conference (Wesleyan) who I 
hope may attend your convention. 

I am up in Dakota in evangelistic work 
so cannot find time to even write. 

I can say I am with you heart and 
hand and am pushing the fight and scat- 
tering antisecrecy literature and' God is 
blessing the work. 

Enclosed find $1.00, a little help for 

(Rev.) E. R. DoDD. 

Hubbard, Iowa, March 17th, 1914. 
Here are two great powers in this 
country, namely the Secret Societies and 
the Roman Catholicism. They are both 
trying to get the reins of the Government 
into their hands and the. worse evil of the 
two, to my mind, is the Roman Church. 
They are a big Secret Society well 
planned. God help protect and enlighten 
this glorious country of ours to with- 
stand the storm that will sooner or later 
come with bloodshed and war. Our 
church body (Lutheran) have always 
been opi)osed to Secret Societies. 

(Rev.) A. T. TowLEY. 

Winterset, Iowa, March 13th. 1014. 
I am a farmer and may be ver\- busv 
about that time but mv best wishes are 


Mav, 1914. 

for your success. The Cynosure i 
choice of publications. 

M. T. BoYCE 


Fairrield. Iowa. ^Nlarch loth. 1914. 
I am a minister in the Free ^lethodist 
Church and am interested in the anti- 
secrecy movement. The Lord wilHng. I 
shall attend tlie conference. 

Please find enclosed one dollar to be 
applied on expenses of above convention. 
I Rev.") ToHx Wattersox. 

University Park. Iowa. 
Hope to be present, at least, at one 
meeting but that is doubtful. 

(^Rev.~i A. L. Whitcomb. 

Xorthwood. Iowa. ^larch 21st. 1914. 

I am convinced more than ever that 
Secret Societies are antagonistic to state, 
church and home. I see how they luider- 
mine the Church of God. A real lodge 
member is not a real church member. 
There are some lodge members that 
prove to be good church members but 
that is because they, in reality, are not 
lodge members at heart. They have been 
drawn into the net and have not the cour- 
age and strength to break loose. Such 
will soon see the inconsistency of their 
position and break away from the lodge. 

I do not accept any lodge member into 
my church membership and this is the 
stand of the Lutheran Norwegian Synod. 

I instruct my Catechumens for connrm- 
ation : I place the lodge with other idol- 
atrous institutions and warn my young: 
people as^ainst them. 

(Rev.^) O. T. Lee. 



Presbryerian ]^Ianse. 

Feb. 1 8th, 1914. 

Your request came yesterday. In reply 
I would say that I cannot go to Oska- 
loosa. March 23d and 24th. I hope you 
will have a good meeting. ^ly heart is in 
this reform work and wish it all God- 
speed. (Rev.^) RoBT. A. Padex. 

^lanchester. lovra. ^.larch 2Cth. 1914- 
I am sorry that I cannot attend. If I 
did I would tr}- to say something to make 
the work of the National Christian As- 
sociation more ettective. I believe that it 
would reach more than it does and touch 
more than it does by appeals and argu- 

ments based upon the spiritual mterpre- 
tations and wordings of the present time, 
as well as upon the dogmatics of the last 

I am a L'niversalist and I appreciate 
the reasons for the existence of the Na- 
tional Christian Association. There are 
reasons that appeal to me as a L'niversal- 
ist why I should appreciate it. Those 
reasons are not that I think that every 
man who does not confess Christ is 
eternally lost but because I believe Him 
to be the only and the true Savior of all 

The armament of the times of ^lorgan 
should be cast aside to meet the foe with 
modern ritles, smokeless powder si- 
lencers, and engineers that can meet and 
light tlie foe on his own groimd and with 
weapons equal to his. 

I am enclosing a small ottering to- 
ward the expenses of this meeting. 

I will send to any minister a copy of 
my treaties upon Freemasonry and Uni- 
versalism for four cents in stamps. To 
any layman, member of the National 
Christian Association, for ten cents in 
stamps or silver. This is also an otter- 
ing to your cause as each copy so sent 
costs me more than that amount. 

iRev.^i Hexry Gillespie. 

Decorah. Iowa. ^larch icth. 1914. 
^ly personal health and my pastoral 
duties will bar me from attending the 
Iowa convention. I hope and pray that 
God will abundantly bless the efforts 
there made against the Prince of Dark- 
ness. Our church has always taken a 
delinite stand against secrecy. I am af- 
hlated with the Norwegian Evangelical 
Lutheran Church of America, comm.on- 
Iv known as the Norwegian Synod. 

I Rev.") S. A. Sc-ARViE. 

Officers Elected. 
At the business meeting Tuesday 
morning a committee of three were 
chosen to bring in nominations for the 
State Officers who shall also be the State 
Executive Committee. Rev. Clarence 
AA'eston was Chairman and by vote the 
committee reported early in the after- 
noon session as follows : Pres. Mead A- 
Kelsey. 623 C street. Oskaloosa ; Mce 
President. A. 'M. ^lalcolm, Albia ; Sec- 
retarv. Charles T. ]VIoore. Indianola : 

May, 1914. 



Treasurer, A. H. Brat, Otley. Mr. Ab- 
ner Branson, who had been Tresaurer 
for eighteen years past, reported $13.00 
in the treasury to which he added $1.00 
as interest. The Association passed a 
resolution of thanks and appreciation 
for the many years of faithful service 
given to the Association by Brother A- 
Branson. The value of such meetings as 
the one just held is well illustrated in 
the person of this brother for so many 
years treasurer of the State organization. 
Some thirty-five years ago Abner Bran- 
son attended a convention not far from 
his home and for nearly all of the years 
since he has been giving out faithful 
testimony by printed page and otherwise. 
We have no doubt that more than one 
young man got an impulse from this Os- 
kaloosa meeting that will influence his 
whole life and that of many another- 
One of the Professors in Penn College 
said in substance that Pres. Blanchard's 
address to the students (some 400) was 
the best thing they had this year past 
though they had had some very strong 
men on their platform. 

The aid rendered the convention by the 
''Glee Club" and the orchestra of the col- 
lege was very much appreciated. 

We had in the addresses of Alessrs- 
Weston, Greer and Blanchard all that 
was expected, and in the "Round Table" 
both forenoon and afternoon the short 
speeches and experiences related by the- 
many were as important and interestino: 
a part of the convention as could have 
been desired. 


A few of the ministers who attended 
the Iowa Convention, March 23d and 
24th, wrote of their impressions to Gen- 
eral Secretary Phillips from which we 
publish the following: 

Rev. ]\Iead A. Kelsey, pastor of the 
church where the convention was held, 
wrote: "I want to thank you and all who 
so ably and faithfully contributed to the 
success of the Iowa Convention. Presi- 
dent Blanchard's address on 'The Ques- 
tion of All the Ages' was particularly fine 
and carried conviction with it. The ad- 
dresses of Prof. C. M. Case of Penn Col- 
lege, Rev. Clarence Weston of Harlan. 
Iowa, and Rev. S. E. Greer of Wash- 
ington, Iowa, were worthv of the cause 

contributed positively to the success of 
the convention. 

"One thing particularly noticeable was 
the spiritual atmosphere of the conven- 
tion. The honoring of the Holy Spirit 
and the exaltation of Jesus Christ as the 
only Lord and Savior, met a warm re- 
sponse in many hearts. 

''One result of the gathering was the 
deepening of conviction in the hearts of 
many respecting the importance of the 
testimony which the National Christian 
Association is bearing against the secret 
lodge system." 

Rev. Albert H. Brat, pastor of the 
Christian Reformed (Holland) church. 
Otley, Iowa, wrote: 'Tirst, I was im- 
pressed by the religious atmosphere that 
pervaded the convention. Second, there 
was an evangelistic spirit that united the 
hearts of the brethren of various de- 
nominations and made them stand up 
unitedly for the Christ and for His 
work. Third, the men that spoke were 
devout. God-fearing men and fully con- 
scious of the menace that the lodge and 
unions are to the church, to society, to 
the family and to the state. The dele- 
gates were prayerful. It was no uncom- 
mon sight to see a man bow his head 
in silent prayer while others were pub- 
licly pleading and laying bare the true 
nature of the lodge. 

''Fourth, we were impressed with the 
thought that Christians might do a little 
more than they are doing at present for 
the vitally important work being done 
ag'ainst the lodge and unions. Let us 
work and pray, let us give and pray un- 
til the blaster comes." 

Rev. S. E. Greer, pastor of the Re- 
formed Presbyterian Church of Wash- 
ington, Iowa, wrote: "Kindly allow me 
to express my hearty appreciation of the 
good and effective work done in connec- 
tion with the recent Iowa State Anti- 
secrecy Convention in Oskaloosa. That 
convention, with the blessing of God, was 
an inspiring success. It certainly was 
gratifying to see all those young people, 
students of Penn College and others be- 
ing enlightened as to the underlying na- 
ture of oath bound secret societies. These 
conventions, under the splendid leader- 
ship of such men as W! I. Phillips, Presi- 
dent Blanchard, W. B. Stoddard and 


May, 1914. 

others, are an excellent drill and trainin.e 
for the younger generation who are to 
take up and carry on this warfare. One 
could not but be impressed with the 
earnestness and evident capabilities, in 
the meeting at Oskaloosa, of that group 
of younger men from different parts of 
the state. Let the good work go on." 

Rev. Joseph L. Riley, pastor of the 
Free Methodist Church, Birmingham. 
Iowa, wrote : "I found an excellent at- 
mosphere of spirituality and brotherlv 
kindness. Dr. Blanchard's talks on se- 
crecy were highly commendable and verv 
instructive. His excellent expositions of 
the workings of the antichristian lodge 
were inspiring and will be undoubtedly 
seed sown in good ground, for he spoke 
as one having authority. May God con- 
tinue to bless this excellent man." 

Rev. Charles T. Moore, pastor of the 
Friends' Church, Indianola, Iowa, wrote t 
"I came away from that conference filled 
with the tremendous sense of the great 
need of more Christian education along: 
these lines, which will inform the young- 
er generation so that they will under- 
stand what a mighty foe the lodge is to 
the advancement of Christ's church. 

'T for one have determined to take a 
firm stand on this question and I am 
thankful for the information I received.'' 

Rev. Clarence Weston, pastor of the 
Evangelical church, Harlan, Iowa, wrote : 
'T shall always praise the Lord that I 
had the privilege of attending the Iowa 
State Convention. The messages and 
councils of our dear Brot^her Blanchard 
and Brother Phillips will always be a 
help to me in my work for souls." 


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It is interesting to observe that little 
by little the lodge question is comig to 
the merits of the case. Among the other 
signs of the times I find an article in the 

Oriental Consistory Monthly Magazine. 
It is written by James Burton ]\IcFatrich. 
who is called a Sovereign Grand In- 
spector General of the Thirty-third de- 
gree of Scottish Masonry. 

At the very beginning I may fause a 
moment to say that Dr. McFatrich's title 
is not particularly Christlike in its hu- 
mility and simplicity. If he had written 
it in full as I have, perhaps it would have 
helped him to realize the essential antag- 
onism of Freemasonry and Christianity. 
Our Lord Jesus Christ speaking of this 
said: ''I am meek and lowly in heart." 
If we could see Dr. McFatrich dressed 
in the uniform of the Sovereign Grand 
Inspector General and were able to hear 
him say personally : ''I am meek and 
lowly in heart," the probability, is that 
everyone who saw and listened would 
burst into laughter. 

The first thought, however, that I wish 
to impress upon the minds of my readers 
is that Freemasons are coming to realize 
the fact that the people are beginning to 
'think Masonry is antagonistic to Chris- 
tianity and the leading Masons are seek- 
ing to make it appear that this opinion 
is not the truth. This article is intended 
directly to contradict this judgment, 
which is now getting to be almost uni- 
versal. Dr. McFatrich says: 

'T wish to congratulate the ATost \\'ise 
Master, and to thank him for the im- 
pressive and solemnly inspiring manner 
in which he has presented this beautiful 
degree. Years ago I worked in the i8th 
degree myself and to me it is the most 
thought-compelling of the thirty-two. 



June, 1914. 

Our ]\Iost \Mse Master has introduced 
several impressive additions which have 
added greatly to its beauties of presen- 
tation without in any degree departing 
from the ritual. 

"This degree, my brothers, deals with 
the most important fact in all human his- 
tory. ]\Iark that I say fact ; because the 
life, teachings and work of the Saviour 
of all mankind is as demonstrably a fact 
as is the law which operates to cause 
what we term the rising and setting of 
the sun. His life has cast its illuminat- 
ing rays down through the centuries for 
more than nineteen hundred years, bring- 
ing to mankind, and to each of us, the 
great hope of immortality ; that lightens 
the life of men even unto the perfect day. 

"This beautiful work, w^hich we have 
just witnessed, contradicts him who 
would speak of a Christless Masonry. 
AA'here have the teachings of Masonry 
been exemplified in perfection as they 
are in the life of Jesus, the Christ ? Take 
from Masonry the sublime truths He 
taught and you remove all that is vital 
and fundamental. Jesus Christ is the 
center and circumference of our faith, 
the beginning and the end, the first and 
the last. Take away from Masonry the 
hope of immortality, faith in God the 
Father and charity toward man and you 
destroy all that is of fundamental worth. 
He is indeed the Lion of the Tribe of 
Judah. We believe that figure on the 
middle cross was the very Son of God. 
We believe, as we have declared tonight, 
Tn God the Father and in Jesus Christ, 
Hi? only begotten Son'." 

It is very difficult to understand the 
state of mind of a Freemason who should 
write words of this kind. If the writer 
is as well informed concerning the order 
as one bearing his title should be he 
knows that in Blue Lodge masonry there 
is no mention of Jesus Christ at all. Go- 
ing forward he knows that in Chapter 
m.asonry, while the Scriptures used re- 

peatedly mention Jesus Christ, His name 
is carefully excluded from those Scrip- 
tures. The Scriptures are printed in full 
except for the name of Jesus Christ and 
the references are given. There is no 
hint in the masonic ritual that anything 
has been omitted at all. One of the 
masonic writers speaking of the omis- 
sion of Christ's name from these Scrip- 
tures says there are slight, but necessary 
modifications, that is, it is a slight modi- 
fication of these Scriptures to omit the 
name of Jesus Christ and this slight mod- 
ification is necessary. 

It appears from this writing that Free- 
masonry is not only pretending to be 
Christian to the outside world but is 
modifying the ritual in such a way as to 
enable the Freemason truthfuly to deny 
the Christless character of the organi- 

Dr. McFatrich says: "Our Most Wise 
Master has introduced several impress- 
ive additions which have added greatly 
to its beauties of presentation without in 
any degree imparting from the ritual." 
And then as you note above he says : 
''We believe as we have here declared 
tonight in God the Father and in Jesus 
Christ, His only begotten Son." This is 
undoubtedly an innovation in the very 
body of Freemasonry, that is, Scotch 
Rite Freemasonry. All who are fairly 
well acquainted with Freemasonry know 
that strictly speaking the only universal 
Masonry is found in the three degrees of 
the Blue Lodge. Various masonic writ- 
ers have spoken with an irritated con- 
tempt of the additions which have been 
foisted on the order by greedy, ambitious, 
vain and unscrupulous men. They in- 
sist that the first three degrees are Ma- 
sonry, that the Chapter degrees, degrees 
of the lodge of perfection, Knight Tem- 
plar degrees, etc., are warts, excrescences 
on the body of Masonry. 

It is possible that this ''Most Wise 
Master" who has been improving the rit- 

June, 1914. 


ual of the eighteenth degree about which 
Dr. McFatrich writes holds this view 
and that he puts the name of Jesus Christ 
plainly in the ritual of this degree and 
still denies that he makes innovations on 
the body of Freemasonry, holding that 
Freemasonry consists of the three de- 
grees, that the eighteenth degree in 
which he puts the name of Jesus is some- 
thing else where he is permitted to put 
into it what he pleases without violating 
his oath as a past master. 

I have several times called your atten- 
tion to the fact that Freemasonry is rad- 
ically changing its methods in our time. 
Forty years ago when I began to bear 
testimony against this organization I did 
not know of an orphanage, a hospital or 
humanitarian plant of any sort what- 
ever in the United States owned, op- 
erated and sustained by Freemasons. 
There may have been such places, I will 
not say they were not, I simply say that 
carefully observing I did not find such 
an organization. Now it is possible to 
find these institutions everywhere and 
there is an attempt to make the ordinary 
lodge meetings appeal to the rational na- 
ture of men. Lectures and other un- 
objectionable, helpful meetings are held 
in the halls. 

One of the worst of the secret societies 
of our time, an organization which be- 
gan with saloon keepers and drunkards, 
is now making a nation-wide canvass for 
a school, which they propose to estab- 
lish ; and now here comes Scotch Rite 
Masonry requiring Scotch Rite masons 
to confess faith in God the Father and 
in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son. 
All this is for outside consumption. It 
is "for revenue only," for the oaths re- 
main the same, the penalties remain the 
same, the dances and dinners remain the 
same, the regalias and titles remain the 

On the very page where our friend 
savs that the Scotch Rite masons confess 

their faith in God and in Jesus Christ 
His Son we have two figures and a little 
circle at the end of his name, 33°. This 
means, as I have already said, that he is 
a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of 
the thirty-third degree of Scottish Rite 
masonry, a Sovereign Grand Inspector 
General. All the other blasphemous, ri- 
diculous titles of the order are repre- 
sented in that little thirty-three and its 
attendant circle. 

The trouble with lodgism is that it i- 
a parasite. It lives by sucking the vital 
juices out of Christian civilizatic^. It 
never goes into a heathen country and 
makes men Christian. It never seeks to 
lift men up in a country where wage- 
earners get from five to ten cents a day, 
where there are no schools for the chil- 
dren of poor men, where the condition of 
women and children is utterly unspeak- 
able in its miseries, where men are de- 
graded below the level of the beasts. 
Nothing of this kind has ever been 
found, but Freemasonry wishes to come 
into communities which have become 
Christian and steal away the young men 
and women from the Church of Jesus 
Christ, which has made them what they 
are and has a just claim on their alle- 
giance and service. 

In these Christian lands men have 
money and men have time. The lodges 
come asking for both. The men ought 
to be worshiping God ; the lodges ask for 
worship, and while they have been con- 
stantly and horribly antichristian from 
the beginning, now they are seeking to 
build a bulwark against the charge of 
antichristian character which has been 
justly brought against them by such 
methods as this. Let m\- friend who 
writes this article answer plainly ar.d 
truthfully respecting masonry and 
Christ. Does freemasonry propose to 
become an open organization such as 
Jesus requires all good organizations to 
be? Will freemasonrv abandon its oaths 



June, 1914- 

which are administered by men who 
have no civil or ecclesiastical right 
to administer them? Will freemason- 
ry conform to the teaching of our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who 
taught men not to swear, certainly 
not to swear except wdien properly 
called upon by duly constituted authori- 
ties ? Does freemasonry propose to aban- 
don its death penalties which require 
men to consent that their throats should 
be cut across, their tongues torn out, 
their hearts and vitals taken out, their 
bodies cut in two, their bowels burned to 
ashes, their skulls smitten off, their 
heads smitten off, etc., etc., ad nauseam? 
Does freemasonry propose to welcome 
poor men, maimed men, blind men, boys 
and girls, poor women, the helpless and 
outcasts of the world, without money 
and without price, as Jesus did, as His 
Church has always done, does now, as 
His Church will continue to do? Does 
freemasonry propose to abandon its cost- 
ly and aristocratic regalias ? Does it pro- 
pose to abandon its Christless and ridic- 
ulous titles? If it really has done so, 
w411 our friend, the next time he writes 
for The Oriental Consistory, omit the 
thirty-third degree, which now is ap- 
pended to his name, or if he wishes to 
put that on will he add a note explain- 
ing that that degree has changed its 
name, and that those who have received 
it are no longer called Sovereign Grand 
Inspector General? Does freemasonry 
propose to require candidates hereafter 
to confess and forsake their sins? Does 
it propose to establish prayer meetings 
in place of lodge meetings, or to^ turn 
the lodge meetings into prayer meetings, 
the doors being wide open so that "who- 
soever will may come"? If this is the 
proposed purpose, why not say so, it 
will terminate this whole discussion? 
We who> oppose freemasonry as a satanic 
device for the destruction of the souls 

and bodies of men will gladly give it the 
right hand of fellowship when it becomes 
honestly Christian. 

We have not now, have never had, do 
not expect to have any quarrel with the 
members of this organization or other 
organizations like it. We object to the 
Christ rejecting, Christ blaspheming 
character of the orders. When this char- 
acter is changed we propose to befriend, 
aid and assist them in every possible man- 

Do the lodges really mean to change or 
do they wish to change just enough to 
fool people, who wish to be fooled, so 
that they may continue to get preachers 
and church members to join in order to 
use them as stool pigeons to draw in 
young men and also that vain, greedy 
and worldly men may come into these 
organizations, spend their money, take 
their oaths and assist the leaders in their 
lawless desires and ambitions? 

It is not necessary to deal very much 
with the past, if the lodges are willing 
to be Christian for the future. As soon 
as the Christian Church knows that the 
lodges have become Christian, that they 
have repented of their offensive treat- 
ment of Jesus Christ, their treatment of 
the poor and needy, the despised and ig- 
norant, w^hom Jesus Christ makes His 
special charge— as soon as the Church 
of Jesus Christ knows that the lodge has 
been converted, the Church will be the 
friend of the lodge. We will not even 
ciuarrel about the names if we can have 
the things. Let us be taught plainly what' 
the lodges propose. ' ' ' 

If this talk about confessing God and 
Jesus Christ His only begotten Son 
means anything at all, except a hypo- 
critical pretense, it means everything and 
it will settle the wdiole question between 
the churches of Jesus Christ and the 
ledges. The lodges will, v>/hen they have 
honestly confessed Jesus Christ, cease to 

June, 1914. 



be objectionable to those who love Him 
and seek to establish His kingdom on 
the earth. Until the lodges are willing 
to do this all such talk as this goes for 
nothing. It is simply another bit of 
hypocrisy added to the awful list which 
is already in hand. 

I profess once more a sincere friend- 
ship for all men who are in lodges. I 
have never had any malice against them, 
ill will toward them, have never sought 
to gratify any grudges, have never had 
any grudges to gratify. The fact that 
these lodges assail the home, separating 
the husbands and wives, that they assail 
the church, teaching that men can be 
saved without respect to faith, that they 
assail the state, teaching that lodge men 
may properly be exempt from punish- 
ment for crimes and that lodges may 
properly elect lodge men to positions 
where they may help lodge men be ex- 
empt for crimes, these are the difficulties. 
It is not that some Freemason has done 
this, that or the other thing, but that the 
lodges themselves are corrupted and cor- 
rupt everything that is good. 

As soon as this state of facts changes 
we are ready to befriend, aid and assist 
to the limit of our power every organiza- 
tion which will honestly undertake to do 
the work of Jesus Christ among men. 
Until we have some assurance that this 
change has taken place we shall feel as 
Mrs. John B. Goff did. When asked 
what her husband's opinion of secret 
temperance orders was, she replied : ''I 
do not speak for my husband, he speaks 
for himself, but I would just as lief tell 
you what I think as not," and when I 
replied that I should be very pleased to 
know her opinion she said: "7 think 
secret societies are sucking the life blood 
out of every decent thing there is in this 

The Los Angeles Times of Feb. 15, 
1914, published on its first page a dis- 
patch from El Paso, Tex., from which 
we cull the following curious passage : 

"Arthur McArthur, Grand Master of the 
Grand Encampment [of the Knights Temp- 
lars], was here all day as the guest of the El 
Paso Commandery of Knights Templars. He 
arrived from Troy, N. Y., and was taken to 
Juarez, where he met Villa, and discussed the 
death of the two Thirty-third-degree Masons, 
Madero and Pino Suarez, whose death Villa 
is avenging," 

We have been calling attention to such 
facts as this for a number of years ; yet 
there still are many who refuse to believe 
that Freemasonry is international in its 
connections. — The Fortnightly Review. 

There is no savior for the impenitent, 
whether he be in the church or out of it. 


In the Cynosure you ask for informa- 
tion concerning the order. Sons of Nor- 
way. My answer includes also the Daugh- 
ters of Norway. 

It is not a religious order. It has no 
religious test of admission and its last 
remnant of a ritual was struck out at 
the request of Rev. H. G. Stub, presi- 
dent of the Norwegian Lutheran Synod. 
Thus no direct religious objection to it 
can be made. 

Its secrecy virtually amounts to secur- 
ing the presence of members only at its 
sessions, so that little can be objected to 
on the ground of secrecy, although we 
staunch antisecrecy men would prefer to 
have even that semblance of secrecy 
struck out. 

Its purpose is threefold: (a), to help 
gather Norwegians around their ances- 
tral heritage of history and language ; 
(b), to help each other in sickness and 
need, and (c), to have, a time for socia- 
bility. Thus nothing can be said on gen- 
eral principles against the purposes of 
this order, which can hardly be termed 
a lodge in the ordinar}^ sense of the word. 

The opposition of the Lutheran church 
(which is well-nigh general) is largely 
directed against tlie religious and social 
activities of the lodges, which latter 
usually consist of dancing, which brings 
the young people into a worldly atmos- 
phere detrimental to spiritualitv. 

Seattle, Wash. 

(Rev.) B. E. Bergeson. 


June. 1914. 

The Lodge and Church Contrasted 


is a contention going on as to the merits of the lodge, compared with 

the church. There are those who claim that the lodge is better than the church, 
while there are those — and plenty of them — who claim that the church is better 
than the lodge. There is no better way of ascertaining the comparative merits 
or demerits of any two articles or institutions than to view them by contrast. 
Let us settle this controversy by viewing the lodge in comparison with the church : 

I. The Antiquity of the Church. 
— The antiquity of the church rests high 
on the notable hill of fame. Symbols 
indicated its coming. Prophets told of 
its Founder thousands of years before 
the church was born. God was its Arch- 
itect, and Christ -was its Builder. We 
not only turn to the Bible as proof, but 
these facts are beino: constantlv verified 

1. The Antiquity of the Lodge. — 
stress upon its antiquity. Kings Hiram 
authenticated fact that the Grand Lodge 
Tree Tavern in London. February, 171 7. 
Masonry, the parent lodge, lays great 
and Solomon are quoted. It is a well- 
of ^lasonry had its birth at the Apple- 
Its antiquity is illusory. 

2. The Lodge Has a Religion. — 
They have men to lead their religious 
service, called chaplains, prelates or 
priests. They read out of the Bible, 
have a ritual, and recite prayers. Mackey, 
in his "Lexicon," says: "Masonry is a 
religious institution." But the name of 
Christ is carefully excluded from their 
rituals. Christ says: "Xo man cometh to 
the Father but by me." Hence a relig- 
ion that has no Christ, has not God. x\nd 
a religion that has neither Christ nor 
God is a heathen religion. 

3. Lodges Lay Claim to Charity. — 
True, lodges do care for orphans, w^id- 
ow^s and some sick, but all this service 
was in the contract when their members 
joined and hence the lodges were prepaid 
for all this service. The work, therefore, 
called charity by lodges, is not charity at 
all. They exclude any and all objects of 
charity from their membership. 

4. Lodges Lay Claim to Brother- 
hood. — True, lodges do have brother- 
hoods ; but they are partial. They ex- 
clude negroes, Chinese, half-breeds, etc., 
hence they are partial. Instances occur 
in which they refuse employment to such 
as "have not the mark of the beast," — 
a button or badge on their coat collar. 
There are instances in which men can 
neither buy nor sell without this badge 
or mark. How can intelligence and good 
citizenship endorse such brotherhoods! 

by the excavations of the ruins of ancient 

2. The Church Has a Religion. — 
And what a blessed religion it has I 
"Christ, the Author and Finisher of our 
faith," gives us the promise of this life 
and the life to come. And while the 
lodge, with all its religious influence, does 
not even make its subjects good morallv, 
but degenerates them, the Christian re- 
ligion has done wonders in ennobling, 
civilizing and Christianizing individuals 
and nations. Christ says : "Upon this 
rock I will build my church and the 
gates of hell shall not prevail against it." 
How permanent ! 

3. The Citurch Incorporates Char- 
ity IN Her Principles. — Paul in that 
great charity chapter makes charity a 
necessity. The doors of the church stand 
ajar to the lame, the poor, the halt, the 
blind. Christ's most wonderful miracles 
were in relief of the poor — objects of 
charity. I point to the relief that the 
church is giving the destitute, as evi- 
dence of her charity. 

4. The Church Is a Brotherhood. 
— And how broad and impartial is the 
brotherhood of Christ, the church ! "In 
every nation, he that feareth God and 
worketh righteousness, is accepted of 
him." The poor and penniless are wel- 
comed, "yea they that have no money 
are invited to come buy. . . . without 
money and without price." I pronounce 
lodge brotherhoods sham mockeries, in 
comparison with our brotherhood in 
Christ, the church. 

June, 1914. 



5. Lodges Have a Service of Ixitia- 
riox. — Rev. Dr. Bernard was a high 
Mason, but renounced ^Masonry and 
wrote an exposition : "Light on ]^Iason- 
ry." He describes the taking of the R. 
A. degree as follows : "I, with three oth- 
ers, was hoodwinked, with cable-tow 
seven times around our bodies. . . . Fur- 
thermore, I do promise and swear that 
I will aid a companion R. A. IMason . . . 
to extricate him . . . whether he be right 
or wrong. . . . binding myself under no 
less penalty, than to have my skull smote 
off and my brains exposed to the scorch- 
ing rays of the sun, . . . should I ever 
violate this my solemn obligfation." — 
Page 142. He then gives in detail the 
}^Iasonic oaths of the various degrees. 
It is shuddering to contemplate that such 
oaths are being taken in civilized society, 
by ministers and high officials of state. 
Rev. Dr. C. G. Finney, president of Ober- 
lin College, was for years a Mason. He 
wrote an exposition. ''Character, Claims 
and Practical Workings of Freemason- 
ry." As to ]^Iasonic oaths he says : ''They 
sound as if the men who were taking 
and administering them were determined 
to annihilate their moral sense. . . . They 
have succeeded, whether intentionally or 
not. in rendering themselves blind to the 
moral character of their conduct." — 
Page 113. 

Covington, Ohio. 

5. The Church Has a Service of 
LxiTiATiox. — Listen to the confession 
and the vows that we so meekly make. 
On entering the brotherhood of Christ, 
the Church, we say: 'T believe that Jesus 
Christ is the Son of God and that he 
brought from heaven a saving Gospel. I 
renounce Satan with all his pernicious 
ways, and the sinful pleasure of this 
world. I vow before God and these by- 
standing witnesses to be faithful until 
death." Following the foregoing con- 
fession and vow, we are baptized into 
Christ ; and become members of the 
brotherhood of the Church, and joint 
heirs with Christ. Following these are 
the happy fruits of the Spirit \ *'Love, 
joy, peace, gentleness, long-suft'ering," 
etc. I bid the reader to compare these 
comforting, soul-cheering means and ex- 
ercises with the cold rituals of the assem- 
bly of lodge men, who meet in some up- 
per room, after night, with doors closed, 
windows darkened, administering extra- 
judicial oaths, that make conscientious 
men shudder. While the husband or 
father attends his lodge, and is out at a 
late hour of the night, his wife and chil- 
dren are all alone. He cannot even dis- 
cuss with them the business of his lodge 
upon his return. Such organizations are 
not worthy of comparison \yith the 
church. — Selected. 

Mormon Secret Oaths and Ceremonies. 

The following remarkable account of the 
secret oaths and rites of the Mormon Church 
is furnished by a writer whose uprightness 
and truthfulness are vouched for by a Bap- 
tist pastor in a western state. The pastor 
asks that the name of the writer shall not be 
published because his sons and relatives are 
in business and would be boycotted at once if 
his name or that of the town from which this 
article comes were made public. In the light 
of the professions of innocence made recently 
by ^lormon officials and of the new revela- 
tions of the awfulness of the whole ]\Iormon 
system, the following detailed account, which 
bears evidence of its authenticity, will be read 
with profound interest and with a renewed 
sense of the baneful influence of Mormonism. 
— Editor The Standard. Chicago, May 18. 1911. 

\'arious articles have appeared in the 
magazines, recently, giving to the public 
much needed information on the question 
of ]\Iormonism. In no one of these 
articles, however, have the secrets of the 
]\Iormon Church been exposed in such a 

way as to give one a connected idea of 

It may add to the weight of this article 
if I state, by way of preface, that I was 
a member of the ^lormon Church for 
twenty-five years, went through the en- 
dowment ceremonies in Salt Lake City 
at the time of my marriage and have 
since apostatized from the church be- 
cause I believe that the ^lormon Church 
is undermining the American republic. I 
have purposely withheld my name from 
this article, not because I fear a success- 
ful contradiction of the facts, but be- 
cause no one who has taken the oath of 
blood covenant in the Mormon Church 
can openly divulge these secrets and 
thereafter live peaceably in a strictly 
Mormon community. 

The Endowment Ceremonies. 

I can best set forth the secrets of the 
church by giving in detail the endowment 
ceremonies as I went through them at the 



June, 1914- 

time of my marriage. At present the 
marriages are solemnized in the Temple. 
When I was married, it was in the En- 
dowment House, in the days of Brigham 
Young, but I have been repeatedly in- 
formed, even by no less an authority than 
Joseph F. Smith, the present head of the 
church, that the ceremonies are the same 
today as they were then. 

We gathered at the endowment house 
at seven o'clock in the morning of the 
day we were to be married. About twen- 
ty-five or thirty couples were there in 
readiness for the ceremonies. All had 
previously provided themselves with the 
sacred endowment clothes which were to 
be worn during the ceremonies. We were 
admitted into a small reception room, 
which for the sake of enumeration I shall 
call room No. i. On two sides of the 
room were long wooden benches on 
which we were seated to await our turn 
to register. At the desk sat the clerk. 
Joseph F. Smith, then one of the twelve 
apostles. When my name was called I 
went to the desk and presented my rec- 
ommendation from the bishop of the 
ward where I resided, gave my name, the 
names of my parents, the date and place 
of my birth and the date of my baptism 
into the Mormon Church. 

The registration over, the clerk said '- 
"Brethren and sisters, prepare yourselves 

The Washing and the Anointing.." 

The women were conducted to the 
women's apartments and the men to the 
men's. In this second room I, with the 
others, was asked to remove all my cloth- 
ing and was given a thorough bath by 
one of the elders of the church, Robert 
Sharkey. I was then seated in the anoint- 
ing chair and Bishop WooUey of the 
thirteenth ward anointed me with olive 
oil poured from a horn. He anointed my 
head, "that it may be firm in teaching the 
way of salvation" ; the eyes, "that they 
may see the beauties of the gospel" ; the 
right arm, "that it may be strong in the 
defense of the kingdom" ; the loins, "that 
they may be fruitful in building up the 
kingdom" ; the feet, "that they may t>e 
swift to travel for the gospel's sake." 
This done Bishop Woolley pronounced 
me "as innocent as a new born babe." 
Bishop Raleigh, of the nineteenth ward. 

laid his hand upon my head and with a 
prayer confirmed the anointing. 

William Jennings, Sr., then gave me 

Sacred Garments 
that I had brought with me, which con- 
sisted of undergarments, robe, apron, cap 
and moccasins. On the undergarments 
were queer-looking marks, the meaning 
of which was explained later. When I 
had put on the garments he ordained me 
to the Aaronic or lesser priesthood, and 
gave me a new name to be known by in 
heaven. In receiving this first grip of the 
Aaronic priesthood, we were made to 

"To Obey All the Laws of the Priesthood 

of the Mormon Church in Preference 

to the Laws o'f the United States." 

Otherwise we could not go further. 

Daniel H. Wells, one of Brigham 
Young's councilors, then appeared and 
announced that any who did not want to 
go further would be permitted to turn 
back. It was understood that if we chose 
to go on there would be no other chance 
to retreat. No one turned back. I was 
tempted to do so, but I recalled that I 
had been baptized into the 

"Blood Atonement" 
and therefore did not dare to turn back. 
Baptism into the "blood atonement" was 
a solemn pledge that if the one baptized 
ever disobeyed or displeased the priest- 
hood, apostatized from the church, or 
committed adultery, he was in duty 
bound to appeal to the "Danites," whose 
duty it was to spill his blood, in order 
that the otherwise unpardonable sin 
might be forgiven and the offender ad- 
mitted into heaven. In case the ofifender 
refused voluntarily to 

Surrender His Life, 
it was understood that the "Danites" 
would see to it that in som.e secret way 
the vow with full penalty was carried 
out. Under such conditions I had no 
desire to retreat. Besides, it was my wed- 
ding day, and should I return it would 
be a return to bachelorhood. 

The Blasphemous Creation Scene. 

We are now in room No. 5, which was 
really the same room but with the divid- 
ing curtains removed so that the men and 
the women were together. Then followed 
the "creation scene." We were seated on 
long benches that we might witness the 

June, 1914. 



creation of the world. There was an at- 
tempt to dramatize the account given in 
the early chapters of Genesis. From be- 
hind a wall and above we could hear the 
voice of 

Elohim, the Head "God." 

We could not see the speaker but I recog- 
nized the voice as that of Heber C. Kim- 
ball, another of Brigham Young's coun- 
cilors. He was consulting with Jehovah 
in regard to making a world. Two mes- 
sengers were sent down to earth to carrv 
out the commands of Elohim. 

These Men Reported What They Had 
Done and Were Sent Down Again Sev- 
eral Times, Until Earth, Sea, Vege- 
tation, Animals, Etc., Had 
Been Created. 

At no time did we see these messengers, 
but I recognized them by their voices as 
Robert Sharkev and A\'illiam Jennings. 

Xext "Adam" was created and brought 
into the room where we were seated. J. 
^McAllister acted the part of ''Adam." 
Elohim was then heard to say: 'Tt is not 
meet that man should live alone." Daniel 
H. Wells appeared in the room and said : 
Brethren and sisters, close your eyes." 
\\'hile our eyes were closed we heard a 
squeaking noise and were then told to 
open our eyes. When we looked up Eliza 
R. Snow, head of the Women's Relief 
Corps of Utah, sat in the chair beside 

The "creation scene" ended, we en- 
tered room No. 4. In this room the walls 
were decorated with beautiful scenes 

Representing the Garden of Eden. 

In one end of this room was an altar 
where all knelt while William Jennings 
offered a prayer. "Adam" was seated 
in a chair. Presently "Eve" appeared 
and placed something in the palm of 
"Adam's" hand. At this point the devil 
(his other name was Judge Phelps) ap- 
peared and scowled. Plan's fall had been 
accomplished. The first parents were 
driven from the Garden and we, their 
descendants, were likewise driven from 
the room into room Xo. 5. 

The Lone and Desolate World. 

Over the door after we had entered 

• were the flaming swords that we might 

not again return. Here we listened to 

a discussion between the ministers of the 

gospel and the apostles Peter, James and 

John in regard to the lost gospel. The 
apostles contended that the true 
Gospel Had Been Lost 
for a long period and had later been dis- 
covered by Joseph Smith, the martyr. 
The ministers, representing the various 
denominations of today, were unwilling: 
to believe this, but were convinced 
against their wills. 

Wilford Woodruff then told us to 
form in line one behind the other to take 
the oath of secrecy. In the Smoot trial 
before the senate committee on priv- 
ileges and elections, 

Joseph F. Smith, the Present Head of the 
Church, Testified That There Were No 
Oaths in the Endowment Cere- 

that the ]\Iormon Church abhorred oaths. 
He also testified that the endowment 
ceremonies were the same today as they 
had always been. Yet Joseph F. Smith 
was one of the witnesses on the occasion 
of which I write, and I shall leave it to 
the reader to decide whether the follow- 
ing would not be called an oath : 

The Oath Secrecy. 
When we were drawn up in line Wil- 
ford \\'oodruff said : ''Brethren and sis- 
ters, put your hands perpendicular above 
your heads." When a half dozen or more 
of the men objected and did not put up 
their hands Wilford ^^'oodruft* said : 
"Xow, brethren, you must all do the 
same way;" then they put up their 
hands. He continued : "Drop the left 
arm to the. side. Draw the right hand 
across the left side, the palm downward, 
and repeat after me, 'We do this in the 
presence of God. the priesthood and wit- 
nesses present, should we or any one of 
us reveal the oath, the covenant or the 
promise, to the world, we will be willin.e 
to have our 

Throats Cut From Ear to Ear' " 
(he. drawing his hand across his throat, 
each one doing the same), "and," he con- 
tinued, "drop your hand to your side." 
Similar motions were then made over the 
heart, abdomen, etc., indicating that not 
only was the throat to be cut, but that 

The Heart Was to Be Cut Out, the Bowels 

to Be Torn Out and the Tongue to 

Be Pulled Out by the Roots, 

if any of the secrets were revealed. We 
were then told that the marks on the un- 
dersrarments over the heart, abdomen. 



June, 1914 

etc.. were to ever remind us of the pen- 
alties that would be inflicted if these 
secrets were revealed. 

The man representing "Peter" then 
gave us the second grip of the Aaronic 
priesthood. The penalty for revealing 
this grip was to be sawm asunder. All 
pledged their submission to such a pun- 
ishment by drawing the hand across the 
abdomen. The men and women then 

The Oath of Chastity. 
They do not, however, consider that 
polygamy is unchaste. It is a vital part 
of the divine plan of salvation. A man 
to be exalted in the heavenly sphere must 
have more than one wife. The women 
then took 

The Oath of Obedience 
to their husbands, promising to look up 
to them as their gods, and the only gods 
with whom they have to do. It is not 
possible for woman to enter heaven ex- 
cept she be united in marriage to some 
The Oaths of Polygamy and of Vengeance. 

Wilford Woodruff then said: "Sisters, 
those of you who are willing to uphold 
and sustain the heaven-ordained princi- 
ples of polygamy by allowing your hus- 
bands to have more wives than one, say 
"Aye," and those opposed, 'Nay.' " Every 
woman answered "Aye." Not a woman 
present dared answer otherwise. The 
women in the Mormon Church are the 
real sufferers. 

We then received the first grip of the 
Melchizedek or greater priesthood, to 
which order we were told Christ be- 
longed. Upon receiving this we were 
made to take the oath of vengeance. Wil- 
ford Woodruff said: '"Brethren and sis- 
ters, you and each of you do solemnly 
promise and vow that you will pray and 
never cease to importune high heaven to 
Avenge the Blood of Joseph the Martyr 
and Hyrum, His Brother, Upon 
This Nation, 
whose blood has sealed their testimony: 
you shall teach this to your children and 
your children's children to the third and 
fourth generation. You do this^ in the 
presence of God, angels and witnesses 
present." All bowed the head and an- 
swered. "Yes." Yet it was repeatedly 
testified in the Smoot trial that there was 
no oath of vengeance against the United 
States in the endowment ceremonies! 

From this room we entered room No. 
6, known as the prayer room. All formed 
in a circle about the prayer-altar with 
their arms on each other's shoulders. 
Wilford Woodruff stood in the center 
and offered the prayer, we repeating the 
words after him. 

The prayer ended, we went up stairs 
to room No. 7, the instruction room. The 
only partition between this room and 
room No. 8 was a curtain called the 
"Veil." On the veil were marks sim- 
ilar to those on the undergarments. In 
the veil were holes through which the 
hands could be passed, and a hole op- 
posite the mouth, through which one 
could speak but could not see. The 
room on the opposite side of the veil 
from us represented heaven. Robert 
Sharkey took each one separately and 
led him to the veil. He gave three raps 
with a mallet on a wooden support and 
William Jennings, representing Saint 
Peter, answered from within : "Who is 
there?" Sharkey replied. "This brother 
has fulfilled all the obligations and is 
ready for another step." The person 
desiring entrance then put his hands 
through the veil and gave Saint Peter 
the various grips of the priesthood 
which had previously been taught him, 
and whispered to him his 

New and Celestial Name. 

My name was "Moses." Saint Peter, be- 
ing satisfied by these tests, opened the 
door at the side and the man was al- 
lowed to enter heaven. The same per- 
formance was repeated for the wife-to- 
be, and she, too, was allowed to enter. 
It may be added here that not only in 
the ceremonies but also in the actual 
faith and practice of the Mormon 
Church the requisites to entrance into 
heaven are not the high moral and spir- 
itual attainments of character and con- 
duct found in other faiths, but the ability 
to give the grips and passwords and an- 
swer to the new name given by the priest- 
hood. The only sin that can prevent a 
Mormon's entrance into heaven is apos- 
tasy from the Mormon Church or diso- 
bedience to the Mormon priesthood. 

Having been admitted into heaven, the 
man and woman to be married knelt, 
the one on either side of the velvet-cov- 
ered altar. Wilford Woodruff sat at the 
end of the altar. 

June, 1914. 



The Marriage Ceiemony. 

Addressing the kneeling couple, he 
said : "A^ou both mutually agree to be 
each other's companion, husband and 
wife, observing the legal rights belong- 
ing to those conditions ; that is, to keep 
yourselves wholly for each other and 
from all others during your lives." They 
answered, "A^es." He continued : "By 
virtue of the authority vested in me, I 
pronounce you husband and wife, for 
time and for all eternity. And may God 
add His blessing that you may keep 
your covenant from henceforth and for- 
ever. Amen. Husband, salute your 

This was a monogamous marriage. 

A Polygamous Marriage 

was solemnized and the first wife was 
present, the ceremony was, and still is, 
as follows: The first wife was addressed 
by the officiating officer thus : "Are you 
willing to give this w^oman to your hus- 
band to be his lawTul and wedded wife, 
for time and for all eternity ? If you are, 
you will manifest it by placing her right 
hand in the hand of your husband." 

"Do you, brother ( ) take sis- 
ter ( ) by the right hand, to re- 
ceive her unto yourself to be your law- 
ful and wedded wife, and you to be her 
lawful and wedded husband for time 
and for all eternity, with a covenant and 
promise on your part that you will ful- 
fill all the laws, rights and ordinances 
pertaining to this holy matrimony, in 
the new and everlasting covenant, doing 
this in the presence of God, angels and 
these witnesses, of your own free will 
and choice?" Answer, "A^es." The bride 
was then asked the same question and 
answered, "Yes." 

Addressing them both, he continued : 
"In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and by the authority of the holy priest- 
hood, I pronounce you legally and law- 
fullly husband and wife, for time and 
for all eternity, and I seal upon you the 
blessings of the holy resurrection with 
power to come forth in the morning of 
the first resurrection clothed with glory, 
immortality and eternal life, and I seal 
■*upon you the blessings of thrones, and 
dominions, and principalities, and pow- 
ers, and exaltations, together with the 
blessings of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob. 
and say to you, be fruitful and multiply 

and replenish the earth, that you may 
have joy and rejoicing in your posterity 
in the day of the Lord Jesus. All these 
blessings, together with all other bless- 
ings pertaining to the new and everlast- 
ing covenant, I seal upon your heads, 
through your faithfulness unto the end, 
by the authority of the holy priesthood, 
in the name of the Father, and of thf 
Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." 
The bride was then reminded that ac- 
cording to the celestial law, "if she will 
not abide in these commandments, she 
shall be destroyed, saith the Lord, for 
I am the Lord thy God and will destroy 
her if she abide not in (i. e., submit toj 
my law." 

It will be noticed, by comparing the 
two ceremonies, which offers to the 
couple married the greater heavenly re- 
ward. In the second there are "thrones, 
dominions," etc., sealed to them, which 
phrase means that 
Those Who Practice Polygamy Shall Each 

Be Given a Separate World, Over 
Which They Shall Rule As Adam 
Did Over the Earth. 
Unless the man have more than one wife, 
neither he nor she is permitted to enter 
the celestial or highest stage of existence 
in heaven. In the polygamous marriage 
the husband and bride are both made to 
say that they do it of their own free will 
and choice, while the first wife is simply 
asked if she is willing; that is' will sub- 
mit. The "command of the Lord" quoted 
above becomes a whip-compelling sub- 

The sealing ceremony ended, both 
returned to the dressing rooms and 
changed their clothing. The time of day 
was now 3:30 p. m. The ceremony had 
begun at seven a. m. Tired and hun- 
gry, we started for home happy that we 
were married, but with an inward con- 
sciousness that, while, we had obeyed the 
laws of the priesthood, we had broken 
the most holy laws of God, and had 
pledged ourselves to become traitors to 
the land we loved. 

I repeat here the statement with which 
I began, that soon after this I with mv 
wife apostatized from the church be- 
cause I believe that the Mormon Church 
is undermining the American republic. 
May these words of an old man inspire 
some younger men and women to give 
their lives for the healing of this open 
sore of America. 



June, 1914- 



Shriners, fifty thousand strong, are 
coming to Atlanta. Some are here already 
and three train loads will arrive on the 
Sabbath. A car of intoxicating liquor 
has been shipped here for their use in 
this a prohibition state ! The Shriners 
are to be turned loose in the city to do 
as they please. 

The usual Tuesday morning court is 
postponed and we are told that the public 
schools are to be closed for the day and 
the scholars are to march in the Masonic 
parade, which it is said will be eight 
miles long. 

Thousands of dollars have been appro- 
priated by the city authorities to be used 
in decorations and other preparations for 
the high festival of this wicked institu- 
tion. ]\Iasonic symbols decorate the 
electric light standards. Flags and other 
decorations adorn the business houses. 
Truly, we are threatened with having 
the Scripture fulfilled in our day which 
says, "The wicked walk on every side 
when the vilest men are exalted." (Psa. 
12:8.) The revelry lasts for ten days. 
Portions of the main business streets of 
Atlanta are set apart at night for use of 
the Shriners as dancing floors. The city 
is given over to the ''nobles" for a gen- 
eral good time. They flirt with the 
women and girls on the street and even 
insult them. We are impressed with the 
striking similarity of these proceedings 
to the heathen festivals in pagan coun- 

What a great curse to the city of At- 
lanta is this gathering of the devotees of 
Allah. The daily paper declares that this 
is the most glorious parade the city has 
ever witnessed. May God deliver us 
from the awful judgments that would 
justly follow such strenuous efforts to 
commit and glorify sin. 

Atlanta, Ga. 


]\Ien count as almost nothing the vir- 
tues of the heart, and idolize the gifts of 
the body or intellect. The man who cool- 
ly, and with no idea that he is ofifending 
modesty, says that he is kind-hearted, 
constant, faithful, sincere, fair, grateful, 
would not dare to say that he is quick 
and clever, that he has fine teeth and a 
delicate skin. — La Bruyere. 


Esoteric Masonry is the real Masonry, 
yet esoteric Masonry is not really ma- 
sonic. As an English guild or trade 
union of stonecutters or builders, the so- 
ciety had no such esoteric element before 
some time in the first third of the eight- 
eenth century. None the less, it had be- 
fore that time as actual an existence and 
a still better title to its name than after- 
ward, when, to use its own words, it 
ceased to be Operative and became Spec- 
ulative Masonry. About the time men- 
tioned, there was imported into its ritual 
and its theory what is called Esoteric 
Masonry. This had long been complete 
in an independent existence of its own. 
Freemasons did not invent but they 
adopted it. The cult was already very 
ancient, and although not by any means 
"founded on the Bible" seems plainly in- 
dicated in the account of the life of 
Elijah, in the Book of Ezekiel, and in 
the Book of Numbers, always with sharp 
condemnation. At present, some of the 
Masonic devotees are fond of calling 
their system a good enough religion. 

Nevertheless, a student of comparative 
religion versed in the character and his- 
tory of that well-known cult alluded to, 
for instance, in Book I, Paradise Lost, 
lines 446-457, has no need of joining the 
order to learn what he can teach its mem- 
bers better than most of them could teach 
anyone. Esoteric Masonry, or what we 
know as ordinary Masonry, is less than 
two hundred years old ; but esoteric Ma- 
sonry — if by this name we call the cult 
which it has absorbed, or which has ab- 
sorbed it — is far more than two thou- 
sand years old. Hardly a country is men- 
tioned in the Old Testament or the New 
in which it did not under some name 
prevail. It grievously seduced the Chil- 
dren of Israel and brought the wrath of 
God. It was in Egypt, Moab, Zidon, 
Asia Minor and Europe. Old pagan 
myths, and secret orders like the Eleusin- 
ian Mysteries, having existed long before 
the advent of Jesus Christ, it is now pos- 
sible for a Freemason to claim with truth 
that his religion is older than Christian- 
ity. It would still be in point to ask him 
if it is also truer. 

June, 1914. 



Completeness characterized the relig- 
ious cult ages before it enjoyed its mod- 
ern adoption in England, and in coun- 
tries far beyond that island newer to 
history. This quality it still retains in 
southern Asia. It is something borrowed 
by the Stonecutters or those who also 
borrow their name. This is what re- 
solves into plain simplicity the paradox 
that while esoteric Masonry is the real 
Masonry it is not really masonic. It is 

careful to avoid language or thought 
of this type.' He did not need any care 
to avoid it any more than to avoid drop- 
ping into English or Chinese ; he was es- 
sentially incapable of it." 


Professor James Denney, D. D., de- 
clares that Professor H. A. A. Kennedy's 
new book, "Saint Paul and the Mystery 
Religions," that is the ancient secret so- 
cieties, is "emphatically one for most se- 
rious consideration. On a subject on 
which there has probably been more loose 
and uncritical writing than on any other 
in the field of New Testament learning, 
he has presented us with a model of 
really critical scholarship. * * "^ Apart 
from evidence which only professional 
students can appreciate, there are consid- 
erations which everyone can understand. 
It is quite certain, for example, that Paul 
can have had no acquaintance w^ith the 
mystery religions at first hand. No one 
would go so far as to suggest that he had 
been 'initiated' into the mysteries of Attis 
or Adonis or Osiris for himself. The 
very idea of such a contact with idolatry 
would have struck him with horror. 
Monotheism was a passion in his blood, 
and religious as opposed to speculative 
monotheism is always intolerant. It re- 
pels vehemently all that is inconsistent 
with it. The adepts of the mystery re- 
ligions were as a rule of quite another 
temper. They often passed from initia- 
tion into one set of mysteries to initia- 
tion into another ; they were willing to be 
insured in all the offices, and to take 
each for wdiat it was worth. But the 
man whose confession runs, 'To us there 
is one God, the Father, and one Lord, 
Jesus Christ,' is in a different position, 
and it is from this center that all his 
thoughts must be determined. On the 
one hand, his monotheism, and on the 
other his faith in a historical Saviour, 
preclude most of what is being pressed 
on us as a restatement of his thought. 
* * * It is too little to say that Taul is 


''Is he duly prepared?" asks a lodge 
officer in the preparation room where the 
candidate for the master's degree awaits 
admission to the lodge room. When an- 
other officer responds, "He is," it is still 
further asked, "Has he made suitable 
proficiency in the preceding degree?" 
Such questions might well be asked con- 
cerning any of our unknown allies about 
to enter the group of helpers iij our cause. 
For all the tasks of life and all the du- 
ties of any important special service, are 
largely done already in preliminary prep- 
aration for their direct and obvious per- 
formance. Here lies the whole meaning 
and value of the school system. Though 
in one sense it goes before practical life, 
yet in another it is actually a part of it. 
Watching a game played by the boys of 
his own Eton school, the Iron Duke said, 
"There Waterloo was won." Even the 
drill of the private soldier on his pa- 
rade ground is part of the battle to be 
joined elsewhere. 

Conversely, lack of training and equip- 
ment insure defeat. A campaign not 
planned is better abandoned ; a battle of 
raw recruits is a rout. For similar rea- 
sons, office positions are not open to 
raw applicants who have slighted arith- 
metic in school, and untrained lawyers 
are not admitted to the bar. Actual work 
of all kinds begins and proceeds far. in 
what is accounted preliminary. Omitted 
preparation leaves all undone. All this 
is as true in our special work as in any 
other. Writers for this magazine have 
learned special truths which need to be 
universally known ; so have our lecturers 
on the field ; and so ought our welcome 
though unknown volunteer helpers to 
learn with studious care. For a plain 
illustration we cite preparation for writ- 
ing such a book as, "Finney on Masonry" 
or John Quincy Adams's letters on the 
same subject, or Dr. Blanchard's ''Alod- 
ern Secret Societies." Besides general 
training, these authors acquired special 
information. Every one was master of 
his subject. Otherwise his help, instead 



June, 1914. 

of being real aid might have been disas- 
trous interference. Opposition from the 
wrong side seems hardly so much to be 
dreaded as weak or mistaken support 
from the right one. 

Notice, then, the force of the terms 
''duly and truly." They imply a good de- 
gree of completeness, and completeness 
includes definiteness. Study must come 
to a point. Knowledge is incomplete so 
long as it is vague. It is an anchor drag- 
ging in sand. The need and the possi- 
bility are both illustrated by a case which 
we have known thoroughly. A pastor 
who was sought by a lodge seemed to 
be restrained to some extent by long- 
cherished prejudice, which may have 
been largely due to parental influ- 
ence. Assured that he could accomplish 
more if a Mason, he sought further ad- 
vice, but no one told him in detail cer- 
tain objectionable facts which he needed 
to know. Finally he was initiated. Then 
he began to know definitely, and pres- 
ently still more fully. He became a dili- 
gent student of matter giving real in- 
formation. Having acquired ability to 
give others what he had once sought 
for himself in vain, he has long been a 
helper of our cause. Vague opposition 
is not his style ; he relies on facts. He 
is a teacher because he is a student, and 
he could hardly have done all his work 
without rather laborious preparation. 

Dr. Blanchard is so well-known a 
writer for this magazine that we can 
appeal to his method, which is not that 
of mere harangue or denunciation. His 
articles are informing because his knowl- 
edge and experience are full. His essay 
on Washington, for example, shows in 
its very method a study of the life of 
Washington. Without this, he could not 
have been ready to refute unfounded al- 
legations respecting the masonic life of 
the general. We may fairly claim that 
the example of three college instructors 
whom we have named, Finney of Ober- 
lin, Blanchard of Wheaton and Adams 
of Harvard, plainly teach the vital lesson 
we have here dwelt upon, since all were 
duly and truly prepared on their special 
theme. The variety of their knowledge 
is not indispensable, but its definiteness 
or accuracy is. The alternative is not 
Saul's armor or nothing, but at least a 
pebble from the brook, complete in itself 

and solidly real, or else diligent and use- 
ful waiting. Waiting is not delay so 
long as it is active preparation and not 
negligent indolence, for to become duly 
and truly prepared is itself a true part of 
zealous service. 


"Overcome evil with good," is a Scrip- 
tural admonition which, whatever its 
strict first meaning may have been, is 
suggestive of a principle none too well 
understood. Everyone knows that a 
baby can often be pacified by a new ob- 
ject of attention. Mischief among chil- 
dren can be as effectually prevented by 
games and work as by interdiction. It is 
wiser to lead than to collide. Interest a 
mind in what is not bad, and it will drop 
interest in what is bad. Bare negation 
and prohibition are not adequate means 
of culture. The horrible example plays 
its part, but the good example is the real 
source of potent influence. Antislavery 
was profreedom. Antisecrecy takes color 
from its positive element of piety and 
morality. It is a positive advocacy of 
freedom to use the name of the Medi- 
ator in public prayer, and to expressly 
recognize that he is head over all things 
to the Church. It positively maintains 
the right of a citizen to be a loyal citi- 
zen ; and of each member of human so- 
ciety to observe the duties of morality 
in speech and action. Antimasonry is 
the positive opponent of antimorality and 
antichristianity hidden under the euphem- 
ism of a secret society name. But this 
opposition must go beyond words, actions 
must agree with words. The church, the 
school, the public library and the mu- 
seum of arts, science or antiquity — these, 
and all that worthily keep company with 
them in open illumination are in their 
positive essence antisecret, and to be hon- 
ored as powerful allies of our cause. It 
is wise to maintain friendly terms with 
true allies. Bare negation might be a 
vacuum. Lead men the right way and 
they cannot at the same time tread a 
wrong path. 

A correspondent last month wrote us 
from Irontown, Ohio, "I have just with- 
drawn from the Order of Red Men and 
also from the Order of Odd Fellows, for 
Jesus' sake." 

June, 1914. 



Htm of §ur Sfori 


The Washington Christian Associa- 
tion, opposed to secret societies, was or- 
ganized June 25, 1913. Our work is, 
therefore, less than one year old. While 
we may not be able to report great 
growth within that time or point to any 
great results accomplished, we are glad 
that we are alive and the future lies be- 
fore us. 

Since our organization one public 
meeting has been held at which the prin- 
ciples for which we stand were discussed 
and literature distributed. In addition 
to the generous help received from the 
National Christian Association, both in 
money and literature, friends of our work 
locally have contributed to its support. 
In this way we have been able to secure 
over a hundred dollars' worth of books 
and tracts, part of which has been sold 
and in some cases distributed gratis. In 
addition to placing "Modern Secret So- 
cieties" and "Finney on Masonry" in the 
public libraries of this city, we have dis- 
tributed over one thousand tracts to the 
students of the University of Washing- 
Ion. Effort has been made to induce our 
friends to take the books, which we sup- 
ply, and loan them out among the vic- 
tims of secrecy and thus keep them in 
circulation. In doing this both the offi- 
cers and others are having opportunities 
to discuss the work with the lodgemen 
in private and by correspondence, with 
some very interesting results. 

The work in which we had greatest 
interest is that among the students. This 
we hope to continue year by year, seek- 
ing, if possible, to put literature into the 
hands of the freshman as he enters the 
university. Our reasons for this are 
threefold: First, young people are in 
general more open minded and suscept- 
ible to the truth than any other class ; 
few have at that time of life entered the 
lodge and it is easier to keep them out 
than to get them out. While it is true 
that few who are old in lodge experience 
are saved late in life, very few lodgemen 
attend our meetings and comparatively 
few who have once joined are willing to 
read anything that is written against the 
lodge, or if they do, read it with un- 

prejudiced minds. They are joined to 
their idols and want to be left alone and, 
loving darkness, hate the light lest their 
deeds should be reproved. But young 
people are for the most part open to the 
truth, or at least have enough curiosity 
to read a tract when it is put into their 

Second, it is in our schools that most 
young people get their first experience 
in secrecy. A devoted fraternity or 
sorority student almost in every case has 
begun a career in secretism and if saved 
while in school may be saved from all 
other forms of this evil. 

Third, if this country is to be saved 
from the power of the lodge, the work 
must begin in our schools. We are now 
talking of national prohibition of the 
drink curse, but this was preceded by 
scientific instruction in our schools as to 
the evils of drink. W^e believe that the 
antisecrecy fight will have to be won in 
the same way. It will never be won in 
this generation or in the next, nor in any 
generation to the end of time, so long as 
the Devil is allowed undisputed posses- 
sion of our schools and colleges. 

We have no means as yet of knowing 
much about the results of our w^ork so 
far, and perhaps never will know fully, 
but we are encouraged to believe that 
God v/ill bless the truth. We are glad 
that He has counted us faithful, putting 
us in^o this work and count ourselves 
honored in being counted with the men 
and v.^omen who have preceded us in it 
and who are now carrying it forward 
elsewhere. It is upon their example and 
inspiration that we so much depend. 

We wish you all blessing in the Annual 
Conv(?ntion, and all the plans before you 
for ;he coming year. 

Fraternally yours, 
(Rev.) T. M. Slater. Pres. 

Seattle. Wash. 

If the kingdom is ever to come to our 
Lord — and come it will — it never will 
come through a few ministers, mission- 
aries or evangelists preaching the gospel. 
It must come through every one of you 
preaching it — in the shop and by the fire- 
side, when walking abroad and when sit- 
ting in the chamber. You must all of 
you be endeavoring to save "some." — 
Charles Spurgeon. 



Tune. 1914- 

Statement of the Board of Directors. 

Your Board of Directors, elected at 
the last annual meeting, chose Rev. P. 
A. Kittllsby. chairman, and the usual 
committees were designated to look after 
the work on the field, to care for the pub- 
lishing interests, the finances, etc. 

They engaged Rev. W. B. Stoddard. 
Rev. F. T. Davidson and ]\Irs. Lizzie 
AVcods Roberson for sen-ice on the field. 
The results accomplished testify to the 
wisdom of their action. ]\Ir. Stoddard 
addressed in his public meetings during 
the }'ear nearly thirty-five thousand peo- 
ple, in addition to much personal work, 
visiting in homes and places of business 
some three thousand individuals. Mr. 
Davidson's audiences during the year 
totaled about twenty thousand and be- 
sides some nine hundred people were 
seen and canvassed one by one in their 
honzes. We do not have the statistics of 
the public addresses and number of house 
to house visitations of Mrs. Lizzie Woods 
Roberson. AA'e know, however, that her 
labors have been abundant ; her audiences 
often large, and her house to house work 
indefatigable. Her letters speak for them- 
5e>.-es and are a valuable feature of the 
Cyxosure. An eastern minister sug- 
gested their publication in book form. 
Some fifty wom_en separated themselves 
from the lodge in one place where she 
labored, and many in other places have 
seen the truth and, renouncing lodge fel- 
lowship, have received a new spiritual 
imxpulse to Christian serA-ice. ]Mr. David- 
son found the fires of persecution hot 
but he has continued a miartyr i witness! 
v.-ithout flinching. His wife has been a 
physical sufferer during the whole year 
and m.erits our prayers and sympathies. 
It must be especially hard to be sick and 
to have one's husband the target for so 
many fier\- darts. She is a worthy com- 
panion of her faithful husband. ^luch 
could be said about Mr. Stoddard's work 
iDut he is present and will speak for him- 

Your Board of Directors, to stimulate 
the activity of the State Associations, 
auxiliary to the National, made them the 
following ver}- liberal offer, viz : To re- 
tain all cash received during the year for 
-subscriptions to the Cynosure up to 

Si. ceo and apply the same in forwarding 
the work in the State. The subscrip- 
tions, of course, were to be taken by the 
members of the Executive Committee or 
their agent or agents. Reports were to 
be sent at least once a quarter to the 
Cynosure. The Executive Committees 
of the different States failed to find 
capable men, who vxere also willing to 
make such a missionary effort, with sal- 
ary- contingent in a large measure upon 
their being successful agents for the 
Cynosure. V\> believe that it would 
call for less sacrifice and effon in such 
an agent than has often been required 
of other missionaries. With the co-op- 
eration of the testifying churches in the 
states an agent could not fail. Agent 
Davidson reports having taken 995 sub- 
scriptions among his poor people. If thev 
had been taken in a northern state it 
would have meant as many dollars. Sec- 
retary Stoddard received Si. 245 for 1.276 
Cynosure subscriptions the last year. 
AA'e hope these facts may im^press State 
Executive Committees and. if they do 
impress them as they should, a great 
work may be done this coming year. An 
agent does not simply take subscriptions 
for the magazines, but. notice. Secretary- 
Stoddard gave 211 public addresses dur- 
ing the year, and Agent Davidson 393 — 
more than one address per day was his 
average. It would seem to be more dif- 
ficult to accomplish the latter than the 

We do not mean to be misunderstood 
as denying the good v\-ork accom.plished 
by the State Associations. The reports 
of the State Secretaries of Indiana. Iowa, 
^lichigan, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, 
and the letter from the Washington State 
President, Rev. T. INI. Slater, to this 
Xational Convention, all show much ac- 
complished, all things considered. 

A\*e wish to report with gratitude that 
the fimd first established by Rev. Ed- 
ward Hildreth has enabled us to supply 
seventy-four graduate ministers of the 
Congregational and Presbyterian theo- 
logical seminaries with important works 
on secret societies. Judge George Bent, 
liberally aided this fund and it is cer- 
tainly to be hoped that others will real- 

June, 1914. 



ize its importance and ao UKewise. ine 
Secretary of the Chicago Theological 
Seminary reported that there was unusual 
interest this year among the students in 
securing our books. The President of 
the McCormick Seminary has always 
been very cordial towards this effort. One 
of his graduates wrote us two years after 
receiving the literature on his graduation, 
expressing his thankfulness for it and 
stating that it had been of great ser\-ice 
to him. 

INIore than usual has been accomplished 
the past year through advertising. Your 
Board of Directors made arrangements 
with a ^Ir. C. E. Raymond to advertise 
our work in connection with his other 
interests in four States with his stereop- 
ticon. The plan seemed practicable and 
valuable and the cost small, but except 
providing the plates, we have had no re- 
sults. Xo word has come from. Ray- 
mond and no answer to our letters of 
inquiry. He m.ay be "watchfully wait- 
ing." The Board, however, believes that 
the method is a valuable one but that to 
carry it on independently at this time 
would require more funds than can be 
afforded. Other advertising methods 
were m.ore successful, increasing the av- 
erage tract sales 200 per cent and one 
month 4C0 per cent above the former 
average. Through our advertising in the 
religious press the work has gone into 
many new fields and brought us into 
touch with many new friends, and what 
is perhaps as important, it has placed be- 
fore hundreds of thousands a knowledge 
of where information may be obtained on 
this vital subject. We are glad to give 
credit for the friendly contribution of 
advertising space in a number of pub- 
lications. Those that come to our minds 
at this time are The Christian Conserz-a- 
for, I L'nited Brethren) of Huntington, 
Ind. : The Free Methodist, oi Chicago : 
Dcr Missourier (Lutheran), of Buffalo, 
X. Y.\ The Hebron Star (Brethren). 
Xokesville. \'a. : The Christian Xation 
(Reformed Presb\terian). X'ew \"ork 
City: The Repairer (Holiness). Atlanta, 
Ga. ; Gospel Slessenger (Friends), Wil- 
liam stown. X'. C. and The Christian. 
Boston. Mass. Paid advertisements were 
placed in The Christian Worker's Maga- 
zine, organ of the ]^Ioody Bible Institute : 
TJie Christian Standard. Cincinnati, or- 
sran of the Christian Church ; TJic Staiid- 

ard. of Ciiicago, Baptist; Tiie Assonb^y 
Herald, Philadelphia, Presbyterian : the 
Michigan Christian Advocate, Detroit, 
^Methodist ; United Presbyterian, Pitts- 
burgh : Christian Work, Xew Y'ork City; 
The Adzance, Chicago, Congregational; 
The Congregationalist, Boston, and some 
twenty other church papers located in 
the East or West. It is probable that 
none of the leading papers which inserted 
our little one-inch ad but received pro- 
tests from their Masonic readers. ' Our 
contract with The Congregationalist of 
Boston was for three insertions of the 
ad, but after two insertions, the editor 
ordered the contract cancelled and wrote : 
■'We have had quite a number of com- 
plaints from some of our very finest sub- 
scribers in regard to the X'ational Chris- 
tian Association copy, and while I have 
received a number of degrees in ^Masonic 
bodies and know that ^lasonr}- has abso- 
lutely nothing to hide or be ashamed of, 
still I do not wish to give our subscrib- 
ers offense so I am discontinuing that 
contract." It is difficult to see a good 
reason for the editorial department of 
the paper to require the business depart- 
m.ent to cancel a contract made with a 
reputable house which advertises the 
opmions of such m^en as Col. Geo. R. 
Clarke, founder of the Pacific Garden 
^vlission of Chicago, and other eminent 
Christians when Freemasonry has "ab- 
solutely nothing to hide or be ashamed 
of." The editor of one of the leading 
Presbyterian papers of this country. The 
Continent, of Chicago, refused to make 
a contract and so acted more manly than 
the editor of The Congregationalist. The 
ground for the refusal was that our 
tracts "cover subjects over which there 
is a great dift'erence of opinion. We 
have among our readers, both pastors 
and laymen, a great many who are mem- 
bers of Masonic orders." 

There were those in the days of our 
Lord whom He said preferred darkness 
to light. 

There are some ten theological semi- 
naries and Bible schools in Chicago in 
which we have sought to have our work 
presented. Over half of these are friend- 
ly and in a few cases the managers are 
hearty in their approval. It has been 
the policy of your Board to aid all such 
schools and colleges throughout the coun- 
trv with literature and speakers when- 



June, 1914 

ever possible. Something has been done 
in this line, though not as much as we 
could wish. 

The agency that probably reaches the 
greatest number is the Tract Workers. 
Some six hundred people have been our 
co-workers this year and in this impor- 
tant agency and thus something has been 
accomplished in most of the States of the 
Union. Cannot the number of such 
agents be doubled during the coming 
year? It is an effective way of working. 
A young woman, for example, during 
the year past providentially received some 
of the N. C. A. tracts. She saved three 
young men, her neighbors, from carrying 
out their plan to become Masons. A 
young man gave his brother, a railroad 
employe, some of our tracts. It resulted 
in enlightening him and he in turn saved 
several of his companions. If a tract is 
given in the name of our Lord with a 
prayer that the Holy Spirit bless the 
work, one may expect his labors to be 
fruitful. We ought also to call the at- 
tention to the continued interest in our 
work or the need of it in foreign lands. 
Orders for literature have come from 
Brazil, Turkey, Argentina, China, Af- 
rica, as well as Canada and Mexico. A 
native of Brazil, who has become inter- 
ested in our work, makes an annual con 
tribution of five to ten dollars. 

The Cynosure subscription list is a 
little larger than last year, though still 
far below what we have long labored to 
make it. The average issue has been a 
little above 3,000 per month. There have 
been some criticisms for taste of people 
vary. Som.e prefer the meat all lean 
and other all fat, but on the whole voices 
have been commendatory, as, for in- 
stance, is that of Rev. B. E. Bergeson, 
a former member of our Board, but now 
a pastor in Seattle, Wash. He wrote 
last week: 'T want to thank you for your 
able magazine, which I like better than, 
say, twenty years ago. It seems to me 
that its writers now more generally go 
to the center and root of the matter." 

Financial matters of much importance 
engaged the efforts of the Board from 
time to time during the year and we 
have been grateful to God and His chil- 
dren that we are not only closing the 
year free from debt, but able to plan 
greater things for the year before us. 



Dear Friends of the Anti-Secrecy Cause: 
The days, weeks and months of the 
year past have been so filled with work 
and have slipped so quickly by it is hard 
to realize they are gone. Again I am 
called to give an account of my stew- 

As your Eastern Secretary it has been 
my privilege to labor in states East ex- 
tending into those of New England, and 
as far West as Illinois, the greater part 
of my time being given to Pennsylvania 
and states adjacent. In a general sur- 
vey of efforts and results I find much 
to encourage. Opponents have not been 
less than in former years. Some trials 
have been unusually severe, but through 
all God has graciously sustained. The 
amount of work accomplished depends 
largely of course on the ability and 
strength given in its prosecution. My 
health has been generally good. God has 
kept "amid dangers seen and unseen," 
giving strength for each task as there 
was need. My work has been generally 
along lines producing the best results in 
other years. Experience has brought the 
conviction that there is little profit in con- 
troversy unless there be a willing heart 
and a Christ centered life. 

An increased knowledge regarding our 
work and methods has naturally brought 
opportunities for reaching the larger 
numbers. I have been enabled to touch 
many church bodies through Synod or 
Conference because of those formerly 
made acquainted with my work. To il- 
lustrate : at the Covenantor Synod, and 
at the Annual Meeting of the Church of 
the Brethren assembled at Winona Lake, 
I w^as given a welcome and hearing which 
would not have been accorded a stranger 
or one presenting a less worthy cause. A 
knowledge of the work and worker made 
it possible to secure one hundred and 
fifty new readers to our Cynosure, and 
send its light to homes in all parts of 
the United States and countries beyond. 

The ever increasing means of trans- 
portation and communication greatly aid 
our opportunity. With our twentieth 
century limited trains, and "voices of the 
air," we listen with wonder to the stories 
of the stage coach and saddle horse mail 

June, 1914. 



route. If we do not reach further and 
accomplish more, surely it is because we 
are weak, or unable to utilize what is at 

The summary shows that during the 
year closing April 30th, I delivered two 
hundred and eleven addresses, one hun- 
dred and thirty-eight of which w^ere di- 
rected along anti-lodge lines. An ap- 
proximate number of 2,912 calls were 
made. 1,276 Cynosure subscriptions 
amounting to $1,245.17 w'ere secured. 
Collections on the field, aside from those 
used in holding State Conventions 
$216.91. Expense of travel, hotel and 
incidentals $643.12. 

It will be noted that I put forth spe- 
cial efiort in securing readers for our of- 
ficial organ. In so doing I feel that I 
am not only securing needed support, for 
a blessed work, but am every week get- 
ting the truth before thousands in the 
homes from whence the strong men and 
women of the future of our nation are 
to come, ^^'ould to God that in every 
home in our beloved land there were a 
Cynosure blazing forth in Christian 
light ! 

Collections have not been so numerous 
or large as in some years. Church of- 
ficers tell of the necessary restriction in 
contribution to the agencies under their 
control. Their poverty, need, and the 
special demands, seemingly figuring more 
on curing conditions, than upon prevent- 
ing them, on the plan of a "pound of 
cure rather than an ounce of prevention." 

While collections on the field have 
reached but one-third of my expense of 
travel. I may rejoice in having secured a 
larger number of Cynosure subscriptions 
than during any other year of my work. 
In this age, wath the printing press flood- 
ing our homes wdth reading of all kinds, 
it is not an easy task to get the ordinary 
mortal to see the need of taking an addi- 
tional magazine, when he cannot read 
all he now receives. The thought of 
one's personal need ordinarily comes 
first. The thought of the need of the 
work together w^ith the opportunity to 
help it must usually be suggested. Every- 
body who believes in the Christian light, 
as opposed to Lodge darkness, ought in 
mv judgment to subscribe for the Cyno- 
sure, unless too poor. Read it what von 
can. and then pass it on to your Owl, Elk 
or ^lonkey neighbor. 

State Conventions in Indiana, Ohio 
and Pennsylvania have been held under 
my supervision. For nearly a month I 
also labored in aid of the Michigan work. 
The State gathering there showed a live 
growing interest that requires but the 
right captain to make Michigan a leader 
in reform. 

The Indiana and Ohio Conferences 
were largely supported by our friends of 
Alennonite and Brethren Churches. 
Though held in country districts during 
the busy summer season the attendance 
was excellent. The larger number of 
those wdio attended the Pennsylvania 
Convention w^ere members of Free Meth- 
odist and Wesleyan Methodist Churches. 
It w^as said of Christ w^hen on earth, 
"The common people heard him gladly." 
I find in increasing numbers our friends 
of what are known as "the plain 
churches" desire our help as they com- 
bat the lodge. The denominations filled 
w^ith pride and fellow- shiping sinners of 
all kinds, do not wish us to torment them 
before their time. Their pastors give us 
scant audience w^ell knowing the condi- 
tions that obtain. Ill informed must be 
the man who thinks all the churches 
called Christian stand for Christ. 

Seeking names and addresses of pas- 
tors in one of the popular denominations 
in this city, I was referred to a promi- 
nent minister in that denomination, who 
replied to my request, by saying he 
"never gave addresses of ministers tc 
side shows." He belonged to two lodges 
and saw nothing wrong in them. The 
comm.ittee of examination in a prominent 
theological seminary in this city, asked 
a young man aspiring to the pastorate if 
he believed in the inspiration of the 
Scriptures. He replied that he did not. 
When asked what lie would say to one 
coming to him asking the wav of salva- 
tion, he said he did not know. Yet he 
was ordained and sent to preach with the 
sanction of the seminary. Men of this 
type neither favor the X. C. A. nor any 
organization that is a real rebuke to pop- 
ular sin. They are not found taking u]^ 
tlic cross dailv to follow the meek and 
lowly Xazarene. \\"e can hope for real 
support from the ortliodox only. Those 
who ridicule the blood atonement are not 
ronccrned a1:)0Ut the rejection of the 
Lamb slain. 


June, 1914- 

It has been my privilege to convey the 
greetings of our Association to several 
Conferences and Synods of Churches in 
sympathy and receive in return their as- 
surance of co-operation. 

An unusual number of Sabbath 
schools, day schools, colleges and sem- 
inaries have been visited with good re- 

In the East summer camp meetings 
have increased in number and attend- 
ance. During the months of July and 
August much time was given to these 
gatherings. In these I was able to reach 
some not found in the churches as well 
as ''those of like precious faith." 

A number have seceded from lodge af- 
filiations giving credit for so doing to 
the knowledge received from us. The 
force of the scriptural statement "my 
people are gone into captivity for want 
of knowledge'' is constantly seen. Only 
as we present "line upon line, precept up- 
on precept" do we approximate supplying 
the need. A repetition of truths well 
known to older antisecrecy people are 
needed. This is shown by questions of 
the young, and those lacking in a knowl- 
edge of facts. 

To the long list of loved co-workers, 
whose voices have been stilled to earth 
that they may join in unhindered praise 
above, has been added, oh, so many dur- 
ing the year past. At times I have been 
much saddened by their absence. My 
faith is strong in the God, whose Spirit 
influenced the organization of our Asso- 
ciation; The night that brings out the 
stars is but in advance of the brighter 
day. The God who brought us into ex- 
istence cares for us still. Through earth's 
trials come our blessings. 

Unhappy ]^Iexico drenched in blood, 
and torn asunder by internal strife, may 
yet find her Savior and merge into a 
happy nation. 

It is not by the might and power of 
men that reforms are brought about, but 
bv the mighty power of an almighty God. 
Shall we not look with hope to the fu- 
ture? We live in an age when men and 
measures are moving rapidly. 

The clouds of the night may obscure 
for a time, but the sunshine of victory 
is sure to come. Let us look up and 
move forward. 


For the Annual Convention : 

R. AI. Stevenson $ i.oo 

^Irty p. ]\Iorris i.oo 

Mrs. Amanda Smith i.oo 

George L. Cofiin 5.00 

]\Irs. ^1. E. McKee 5.00 

Aliss X. S. Coleman 5.00 

E. Brace 6.00 

Rev. T. H. Acheson, D. D.... i.oo 

J. Purdy 3.00 

Mrs. Edith M. Kerr i.oo 

T, S. Couch 2.00 

Rev. and Mrs. D. P. Baker. . . . 2.00 

3.1rs. F. H. Frink i.oo 

George \V. Shealey 11.00 

]\Irs. W. H. Ebeling i.oo 

Rev. G. M. Robb 5.00 

From Christian Reformed Churches: 
Cedarbrook Church, Grand 

Rapids $23.85 

Rochester Church, Classic of 

Hudson 5.17 


Tamo, Arkansas, May 7, 1914. 
Dear Cyxosure : 

I was in Hot Springs last month, w^here 
I taught Bible lessons eight nights and 
made house to house visits in the day- 
time. We talked about the sin of secret 
societies, for this town is like most other 
cities, a hotbed of lodges. I thank God 
that He is leading His children out of 

In our Bible meetings we gave out the 
tracts to a large congregation of white as 
well as colored people, for there were 
cjuite a number of white people present 
every night. When we gave out the tracts 
and began to expose the penalties and 
the wicked oaths to which Freemasons 
swear there were many, both white and 
colored, who answered "Amen." Dear 
brethren of the N. C. A., your w^ork is 
not in vain. You are delivering the cap- 
tives and giving sight to the blind. One 
brother said to me the next evening, 
"Sister Roberson, I am a thirty-third de- 
gree Mason but I quit it one year ago." 
I asked him, Why did you quit it? and 
he replied, "The Lord saved me from 
my sins and then opened my eyes and 
let me see how wicked and how sinful 
freemasonry is. They charm you and 
make you think there are greater things 
ahead and the poor blind man just goes 

June, 1914. 



from bad to worse, taking degree after 
degree and being tied tighter and tighter 
as he proceeds to the higher degrees, the 
whole thing blaspheming God's name 
with its Christless prayers. Our Bishop 
was the leader in this wickedness." I 
said, Where is the Bishop? and he re- 
plied, "He is dead. He stole all the 
money he could get his hands on be- 
fore he left and is now gone to give an 
account of his stewardship here. Ala- 
sonry is damning the people, for no man 
can be a Alason and a Christian. As 
soon as he becomes a Christian and sur- 
renders his life to the Master, he will 
cease to be a Mason." 

My husband and I w^ere stopping at 
this brother's house. His wife said, 
''Well, sister Roberson, I did nothing for 
years but set up Eastern Star lodges 
among the women. My former husband 
was a high Mason and we spent our time 
getting people into this idol worship." I 
said, I have been reading one of his 
books all the morning and there is no 
Christ named in its prayers. This book 
is Webb's "Freemason's Monitor or Il- 
lustrations of Masonry." I said to her, 
I cannot see why preachers are so blind 
to the truth. Dr. Blanchard's tract, "The 
Worship of Secret Societies Offered to 
Satan," is a picture of the Devil's work 
in this book. She replied, "My poor hus- 
band died tied up in all this wickedness 
and I was just as blind as he was. I 
have more than thirty dollars' worth of 
his books of different kinds of free- 
masonry. I wish I had given my time to 
the Lord as you have, instead of work- 
ing for the Devil as I have done." I 
said, Dear child, I have not given the 
Lord all of my time, but that was be- 
cause I did not know how to do it. I 
always knew that lodges were a fraud 
but I did not know how to fight them 
until I met Mrs. L G. Bailey of Mc- 
Dermott, Arkansas. I never knew^ how 
to live a Christian life until I met her 
and she put into my hand this little paper 
Hope, sent out by sister J. P. Moore. 
When I began to study the Bible lessons 
as sister Moore had given them, I fell 
on my knees and cried to God to make 
me a Christian like sister Moore and 
truly He did according to my ability. 
There was not much in me for Him to 
use, but I gave Him what I had. I gave 

myself to Him and said, "Lord, if you 
can make anything out of me, here I 
am." I jumped up and cried. Glory to 
God, here am I, what will you have me 
to do? Well, I just kept that little paper 
Hope in my hand morning and night. I 
slept with that Hope and my Bible on 
the table by my bed and would wake in 
the night and read over my lessons, and 
God began to use me to tell others whai 
He told me (John 3:34). Sister Bailey 
called me to the Southeast Baptist Wom- 
en's Bible Board Association to do mis- 
sion work among the women and chil-. 
dern, eight years ago. Then I saw what 
lodges were doing to the church and she 
wrote to the N. C. A. and g(^t four hun- 
dred tracts against lodges and gave them 
to me and told me to leave one at every 
house. I did not see any danger in han- 
dling them and went on to Arkansas 
C^ity and made ninety-five house to house 
visits and left a tract at every house. 
When the Devil did get stirred up, they 
threatened to kill me and burn down 
Elder L G. Bailey's house. ]\Iy friend 
said, '"Did you get scared?" I answered, 
Yes, I had a little fear until I read Jer. 
I :5-8, and when I read the eighth verse 
I said, "Lord, I am not afraid now 
though they are talking of sinking me 
in the Mississippi river. I will go down, 
if need be. like brother Willram Mor- 
gan did." I got up from my knees that 
morning, willing to die for the Gospel, 
and I am willing this morning if neces- 
sary. Wlien I looked up the lady's eyes 
were filled with tears and she said. "Go 
on from house to house here in Hot 
Springs and tell the poor women how 
wicked the lodges are. 

I found many others who were willing 
to give up their lodges. God is separat- 
ing His people from their idolatry. Flie 
people think that their preachers are 
right but when they begin to read the 
Bible and see for themselves they are 
willing to give up their .^:in. The preach- 
ers of today practice many personal vices 
and say to their people, "Once in Christ, 
you can never be out." I come in con- 
tact with this saying every day, but when 
we read Isaiah 59:1-2 they see the error 
of that teaching. 

After leaving Hot Springs. I stopped 
off at ^lalvern. Arkansas, where I taught 
Bible lessons to from thirty to forty 


Tune. 1914. 

women for three days. A number of 
white women were also present. At 
night I lectured to a crowded house with 
more than seventy-hve white visitors. 
Each night we distributed the tracts and 
many said that they were true. The 
churches are so dead and formal that 
even the sinners who never knew the 
pardon of God for their sins know that 
the lodge is sapping the life of the 

The sister that I stopped with said to 
me. "Sister ' Roberson, I was in the 
Southeast District when Sister Bailey 
gave you those tracts to put out and when 
you came to the Gourd Settlement and 
lectured against our lodges and gave out 
the tracts it made the lodge members of 
that church mad enough to kill you. \\'e 
said we would not give you a nickel, even 
if you were dying for the need of it." I 
said, But you all did give me the money 
for all the Baptist women of your district 
paid me a salary at that time. Have you. 
I said, learned since then that secret or- 
ders are sinful' "Yes." she answered, 
"right after you were there a preacher 
with a tent came to Dumos, Arkansas, 
where our hall was. and began to preach 
against lodges and all other forms of sin. 
We could stand everything he preached 
against except the lodge, so we planned 
to get rid of him in short order." I said, 
"AVell. I am glad you did not kill me. 
Tell me what you did with the preacher. 
She replied. "The members of the 
churches and the lodges and the preach- 
ers of Dumos went to the white folks 
and told them that they wanted them to 
run the negro out of Dumos because he 
was preaching false doctrines. Some of 
the white men went down to hear him 
preach one night and the next day they 
advised the colored preachers to take 
their Bibles and call that man into their 
Council and if he was not preaching the 
whole Gospel then they would let the 
negroes whip him and run him out of 
town." I said. Did they meet him in the 
Council? "Xo." she replied, "not one 
of them would meet him. Just before 
the white folks called the Council we 
had set a night to kill him. When he 
came to preach we were to all go to the 
tent. Our lodge brothers told us to sit 
right up in front of the pulpit and when 
he' got to preaching we were to call him 
a liar and if he rebuked us. they would 

take it up, put the lights out and take 
him out and beat him to death. But God 
Himself stopped us. I knew it was God 
for the leading sister who was to make 
the disturbance fell dead that day on her 
ironing board. All the lodge members 
were excited over her death. I was in 
the plot too. My horse was taken sick 
that day. It was a valuable horse worth 
S2 50.00. I was a widow and had no one 
to work with me and so had to tend the 
horse alone all day long and in spite of 
all I did, the horse died. I was too tired 
to go to the tent that night, but we all 
met at the lodge to plan for our sisters 
funeral and so the preacher had no one 
to molest him. \\q all had enough on 
our hands that night without killing any- 
body else." I said. What about the 
Council? "The preacher went to the 
place appointed," she said, "and asked all 
the colored preachers in Dumos to come 
and white people too if they liked." I 
said. Did they meet him? "Xo, indeed," 
she replied, "The Dumos preachers said 
he had killed the leading sister of our 
lodge and had killed my horse." I said, 
How did he kill them when they were 
both dead before he got to Dumos ? She 
replied, "The preachers said that he was 
a hoodoo negro and if they were to go 
to that Council he would hoodoo them 
and kill them like he had the high priest- 
ess of our lodge and my horse." I could 
not keep from laughing to hear her tell 
this amusing story of their superstition. 
I said. W'qW. what did the preacher do? 
Did he keep on preaching? She said, 
'"Yes. he preached until he broke our 
lodge up. We all got sanctified and gave 
up our lodges, tobacco, whisky and exery- 
thing sinful. After the Lord had saved 
us, we saw how he had kept us from 
killing that innocent man. I am now 
married to the man we tried to kill and 
he and I often laugh about it now to see 
how foolish we were about that sinful 
lodge that will attempt to kill anyone who 
dares to oppose it." I had to go away 
from my sister to keep from laughing 
right out about that hoodooism. 

^lav God help the sable sons of Ham 
to ^et a true knowledge of Him is my 


Yours for Jesus. 

Lizzie Roberson 




Leesville. La.. May 6. 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

On account of the serious illness of 
Mrs. Davidson I have been unable to 
travel ver}- much since my last letter, but, 
thank God. I am standing on His prom- 
ises. I delivered eleven lectures, nine- 
teen sermons, secured 102 Cynosure sub- 
scriptions besides making a number of 
calls at which we had prayer, read the 
Bible and discussed hindrance of secret 
societies to spiritual growth. The 
Cynosure is doing a silent but ver\- ef- 
fective work in opening the eyes of many 
to the sin of worshipping at the idola- 
trous altars of the lodge. 

I met a ver}- intelligent lady a few 
days ago who rebuked me for opposing 
secret societies. This good woman is 
an ex-queen, ex-priestess, ex-vice supe- 
rior and a member of the Eastern Star, 
Household of Ruth. Calanthe. Seven 
Stars of Consolidation, Independent 
Daughters of Love. Knights of Honor of 
the World and is also a leading member 
of the Baptist church. After she had 
poured out her vial of wrath I said to 
her. ^ly sister, you seem to be angr\-. 
"Come now. and let us reason together.*' 
Are you willing to read your Bible and 
hear what God says? She repHed. "Yes. 
I am. and if God's Word condemns me 
I am willing to leave all my lodges be- 
cause I cannot let anything keep me out 
of heaven. I am faithful to my church. 
Most of the ministers belong to secret 
orders and they tell us they are fcimded 
on the Bible." I explained to her how 
the lodge oath might compel her to con- 
ceal secrets from her husband and reveal 
them to men in her lodge and how her 
husband likewise might be compelled to 
keep secrets from her and have to reveal 
them to women in his lodges. We read 
Genesis 2:2^24. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 
Ephesians 5:10-11. Galatians 5:1. Rev- 
elations 22 and [Matthew 5. After 
prayerfully going over these passages we 
read Ezekiel 33:1-3. Isaiah 1:17-18 and 
Deuteronomy 2S. and had prayer again. 
After that she said. "Brother Davidson. 
God has sent you to me. I understand 
God's Word as' never before. I am fully 
convinced now that the lodges are all 
wrong. I see now why the churches are 
spiritually dead. God is surely with you 
or the lodge people would certainly have 

killed you long ago." She then told how 
they had discussed me in the lodge room 
one night and they had all agreed to op- 
pose me in everything, even if I should 
do a thing deserving of praise, to con- 
demn it. 

I also met a minister whose eyes the 
Cynosure had opened to see the wicked- 
ness of the lodge. He was an Oddfellow 
and a K. of P.. but he has left them 
both. He explained how the lodge ele- 
ment had combined and fought him since 
he had severed his connection with them. 
Is it not strange that ministers, deacons 
and lay members will combine under the 
oaths of secret lodges to willfully mis- 
represent a man in business, in society 
and even in the pulpit in an effort to kill 
his influence in the community? 

I certainly did enjoy the proceedings 
of the Iowa Convention and the many 
encouraging letters sent by friends. I am 
also glad to read of the great work being 
done by ^Irs. Lizzie Woods Roberscn. 
What a power for good it would be if a 
fund of S20. 000.00 could be raised to send 
the Cyncsurz one year to the 30.000 ne- 
gro pastors of the South, and $2,000.00 
additional to keep two antisecrecy work- 
ers constantly in the iield lecturing, dis- 
tributing tracts and giving the Cynosure 
a house to house circulation. -Secret so- 
cieties are by nature well calculated to 
plant the seeds of immorality, drunken- 
ness, falsehood, idolatrous worship and 
sin of every kind in the hearts -of men 
and women. Therefore ever}- ettort 
ought to be expended to counteract and 
break them up. 

The churches here have been success- 
ful this spring in making many addi- 
tions to their numbers but there has been 
ver>- little manifestation of true regen- 
eration. Some have not forsaken their 
old wav of living in sin and none of 
them have forsaken their lodges. Jesus 
said. "By their fruits ye shall know 
them." and St. Tames says. "So can no 
fountain both yield salt water and fresh." 
"Ye cannot ser\'e God and mammon." 

Pray for me. The secretists have 
sworn' that I shall not get work in this 
section to enable me to provide for my 
family. The cross is heavy and the trials 
are sore, but thank God I am greatly en- 
couraged and strengthened by reading 
Psalms I, 23 and 37 and also Matthew 5, 



June, 1914 

John 14 and Timothy 3. I am anchored 
in the rock of His Word. 

The National Baptist Smiday School 
Congress meets in Beaumont, Texas, 
June loth to 14th, which I hope to be 
able to attend with a good assortment 
of antisecrecy literature. There will be 
five thousand' delegates from every state 
in the union and from Panama, British 
Guinea, Africa and the Philippine 
Islands. I am also to attend a state con- 
ference in Shreveport tomorrow. 

]\Iay God bless this glorious work of 
reform. Amours sincerely, 

F. J. Davidson. 


Chicago, III, May 18, 1914. 

Dear Cynosure: I am reminded that 
my report this month should be very 
brief as there is much pressing for pub- 
lication. Following my last report I took 
a run into Michigan to fill appointments 
and further the work there as opportun- 
ity ofifered. Lectures were delivered to at- 
tentive audiences in Christian Reformed 
Churches in Grand Haven and Muske- 
gon and in the Free Methodist Church 
in Coopersville. Meetings were not held 
in Kalamazoo, Mich., or in Michigan 
City, Ind., as planned, because the time 
seemed unfavorable. 

Since coming to Chicago, a dozen or 
more meetings have been held that I trust 
will contribute to the attendance at the 
Annual Convention. I have spoken in 
four of the six Mennonite missions at 
work here and have been pleased to note 
their progress. There is improvement in 
attendance, in efficiency, and in workers. 
From what I see and hear I judge that 
the number of the ungodly in this great 
city is increasing, but I rejoice to note 
that the efforts for their conversion are 
also increasing. There were a dozen 
who came forward at the meeting where 
I spoke last evening, seeking help to lead 
a better Hfe. 

Some days were spent at the great 
Triennial Conference of the Missouri 
Lutheran friends held in this city from 
May 6 to 16. Thousands of pastors, 
delegates and visitors were present from 
all parts of the United States and Can- 
ada. It was no easy task to despatch 
the business of this great church, but 
being well arranged, it was pushed 

through with success. That they stand 
with us in the battle against the secret 
foe, was again demonstrated by their 
liberal subscriptions for the Cynosure. 

Our Norwegian friends of this city are 
celebrating the one hundredth anniver- 
sary of the adoption of the Norwegian 
constitution in the home land. There 
are many meetings and much festivity. 
It was my privilege to address about one 
hundred and fifty of the young people in 
a large Free Evangelical Norwegian 
Church, of which Rev. C. T. Dyrness is 

Wednesday evening of this week I 
hope to respond to the invitation of our 
Director, Rev. P. A. Kittilsby, and ad- 
dress the young people's meeting of his 
church, the Norwegian Lutheran. To- 
night my appointment is with the Ger- 
man Lutheran students of Concordia 
Teachers' College, River Forest, 111. 

I cannot write here of individual cases, 
but will say that many who thank me for 
the truth brought, which is as helpful as 
it is new to them, cheer me much. After 
the Annual Meeting, I plan to return to 
the eastern states. Yours in the work, 
W. B. Stoddard. 


John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in a state- 
ment defending his position regarding 
the Colorado coal strike, made it clear 
that the demands of the strikers had 
been granted long before the strike was 
called, with the one exception of union- 
izing the mines. That, he declared to 
be a matter of principle, and hence could 
not be arbitrated. He makes no objec- 
tion to unions, but he insists that as many 
as do not wish to join such unions shall 
have the right to work, and he declares 
he would rather lose his millions invested 
than abandon that principle. Mr. Rock- 
efeller's statement is true and should 
m.eet a warm response from the hearts 
of all patriotic Americans who are look- 
ing for the permanent solution of labor 
problems and are not satisfied with com- 
promises which cannot be abiding. The 
right to work when and where one 
pleases is a principle which should not 
be compromised. To acceed to the de- 
mands of the strikers to unionize the 
mines would settle no labor difficulty but 
would rather aggravate it. Nothing is 
settled until it is settled right. 

June, 1914. 



Mr. Rockefeller's statement is in part 
as follows : "We showed that all of the 
points which are claimed to be at issue, 
with the exception of unionizing the 
camps, the Colorado Fuel & Iron Com- 
pany had voluntarily granted to its em- 
ployes long before the strike was called 
or talked of. 

"The points enumerated are the eight- 
hour day, semi-monthly pay, right of 
miners to employ check weighmen, no 
discrimination against employes who 
trade at other than the company's stores, 
voluntary increase in wages last year 
amounting to $550,000 a year. 

'Tn addition to the above, the only 
matter which has been raised by the 
union is the unionizing of the company's 
camp. On this question of the open shop, 
namely, the right of every American 
citizen to work on terms satisfactorv to 

himself without securing the consent of 
the union, I reiterated to Mr. Foster 
what I said in my examination' before 
the committee on mines and mining in 
Washington a few weeks ago — that we 
regarded this as a matter of principle, 
which could not be arbitrated. 

"At the present moment in Colorado 
funds are being openly raised and citizens 
are being armed with the avowed pur- 
pose of resisting the authorities of the 
State. Since that issue of resistance to 
constituted authority is raised, it is un- 
thinkable that the Colorado Fuel & Iron 
Company or any of the companies oper- 
ating in the State should be asked to 
yield its position on a preliminary and 
now extraneous matter of dispute as the 
price of securing the withdrawal of 
forces armed to combat their own gov- 




Roses and Thorns. 
"The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new, 
And hope is brightest when it dawns from 
The rose is sweetest washed with morning 
And love is loveliest when embalmed in 

Walter reached England after an ex- 
ceedingly stormy passage, which, how- 
ever, was in harmony with his thoughts 
and feelings. The ship was driven with 
the fierce winds and tossed ; it rode upon 
the crest; it sank into the troughs. The 
sailors were at their wits' ends. So Wal- 
ter at times would mount up to the heav- 
ens in his hopes but soon would go down 
to the depths in his fears. He, too, was 
at his wits' end. Nothing had ever 
troubled him like that conversation m the 
arbor. He was not sure yet in regard to 
the meaning of Edith's words. In his 
stormy voyage he could not decide what 
to do. W^ould he give Edith up without 
an effort to come to an understanding?' 
His whole being rebelled against the idea. 
Did he love her? He had no doubt of it. 
He loved her deeply, fervently, passion- 

ately. Did she love him ? By all the 
tokens by which he could judge a true- 
hearted woman, as he believed her to 
be, she did love him. Would she ever 
be his wife? If it had not been for her 
mysterious language at their last meeting 
he would before this have asked her. 
But what did she mean^ She certainly 
knew that he was a Mason, for if not, 
why would she speak as she did? If she 
knew it, evidently she was cunningly 
warning him not to ask her to become 
his wife, or else wanting him first to 
promise to leave his order. How could 
he leave? \\'ould not his father be an- 
gered beyond reconciliation? Was he not 
bound by solemn oaths? Had he not 
been taught, "Once a ^lason always a 
^Fason?" He muttered to himself, 'T 
wish I had never entered the lodge. But 
how can I give it up? I cannot give up 
Edith." Such thoughts as these drove 
him nearly to distraction. 

After reaching London and settling 
down to regular work, his mind became 
more settled also. Like a wise man. he 
concluded to write to Edith, tell her the 
whole truth, and ask her to give him 



June, 1914. 

peace and happiness. This gave him that 
rest which comes from decision. After 
duly considering the matter, he wrote as 
follows : 

Galen Park, London, Sept. 5, 18 — . 
Dear Edith : 

I would like to give you a full de- 
scription of my stormy passage over the 
sea, and of the many interesting places 
and objects which I have seen since my 
arrival, but another subject too much oc- 
cupies my mind and heart to allow me to 
write of such things. Edith, I am in 
deep trouble, and I go to you, the only 
one who can give me comfort and aid. 
Do not be alarmed, for if you sympa- 
thize with me, you can relieve me from 
all miser}^ and make me happy. So al- 
low me to tell you the whole matter plain- 
ly and in a businesslike manner, for I 
shall hide much of my emotion and write 
the simple truth. Edith, I love you. I 
love you with all my heart. I have 
loved you ever since childhood. Do you 
remember the happy days we spent to- 
gether when children? How often and 
how fondly I have wished that they 
might prove to be the earnest of brighter 
days to come ! I have even dared to 
hope that the loving promises made then, 
which, how^ever, I do not consider bind- 
ing in the least, would be confirmed, and 
that some day you would become my 
wife. I did not expect you unasked to 
tell me so, but I had intended before I 
left to declare my love and ask you to 
speak. But do you know that when the 
words were almost in my mouth you 
stopped their utterance? This is the 
cause of my trouble. I had almost begun 
to declare my love the afternoon we were 
in the arbor when, suddenly, in a mo- 
mentary silence which preceded, you 
asked me about masonry, and talked in 
such a way that I understood you to 
mean that you knew me to be a member, 
and for that reason, or for some other 
reason, with this fact as a convenient 
means of expressing your feelings, you 
warned me not to speak of love and mar- 
riage, as you could easily see I was in- 
tending to do. If I have judged your 
meaning correctly, I thank you for your 
kind and yet cruel warning, and beg par- 
don for not heeding it longer and for 
troubling you again. If I have mis- 
judged your intention, as I dare to hope 
I have, I beg your pardon, and now ask, 

nay, beg you to tell me that you love 
me and will be my wife. 

I confess, pray do not be alarmed or 
vexed, I am a Mason. Last winter I 
received the three degrees before I knew 
of your objections. I hesitated before 
entering, and was not at first satisfied, 
but my objections, formed when igno- 
rant of the order, have been removed, 
and allow me to say, principally by our 
pastor, who, with other good men, is a 
member. I am now in the lodge, and 
can see no great objection to it, and 
more than that, I cannot leave it if I 
would, for the oath is irrevocable. I am 
sworn for life. I must always fulfill my 
duties to the order. But I will say fur- 
ther, that I am neither a bright nor en- 
thusiastic Mason, and if you will only 
be my wife, I promise never, never to 
allow masonry to interfere with my du- 
ties, or my love towards you. Will not 
this explanation and this promise an- 
swer your objections, so that you can lay 
them aside? 

Now, Edith, although I have written, 
seemingly without ardor, a brief state- 
ment of my trouble, let me assure you 
that I do love you devotedly, ardently, 
and with all my heart, and that I await 
in restless anxiety an answer from you — 
an answer to this question — dear Edith, 
will you be my wife? Please remember 
my impatient anxiety and write imme- 

With much love — and may I not say, 
I am yours forever? Walter. 

How Edith's heart beat with gladness 
and anxiety as she received a foreign let- 
ter one afternoon. She recognized at 
once the handwriting. Was she sur- 
prised? Yes and no. She was surprised as 
one is when something happens which he 
wishes would happen and is afraid it will 
not. She had been too busy to become 
melancholy, but there was a tinge of sad- 
ness in her countenance. She had won- 
dered why Walter had left her in so cool 
a manner, and had not even written to 
her. She believed that her remarks on 
masonry had offended him. But why? 
She had simply expressed her opinion of 
the order. She had apologized for his 
defense of his father. If a member him- 
self, he need not have been hurt by any- 
thing she had said ; but she did not, could 
not, believe that Walter, her ideal of 
manhood, had ever gone through the silly 

June, 1914. 



ceremonies necessary to make him a Ma- 
son. Had he taken those terrible oaths, 
"furthermore and furthermore," one 
upon another? No, she did not beheve 
it. She would not try to think of it. 

With the letter which she received at 
the office she hastened home and upstairs 
to her room. Who could be more eager 
to open a seal? Would it not tell her 
of the prosperity of one for whose wel- 
fare she had in secret often prayed? Was 
it not possible that her happiness or mis- 
ery depended on the contents of that let- 
ter? The moment she was in her room 
— she had examined the post-mark and 
computed the time of its journey, as a 
woman will, on the way home — with 
trembling fingers she cut the edge of the 
envelope, drew out the written pages, 
and gave one hasty glance. Her eyes fell 
on the words, "Edith, I love you ;" and 
with a maiden's blush, and the happiest, 
loving thoughts, she sank into her easy 
chair to read in joyous love the whole 

"No rose without a thorn." Ah ! worse 
than that, Edith thought — a thorn bush 
with but a single rose. The rose, "I love 
you," was sweet enough, the sweetest she 
ever knew, but ah ! the thorns were the 
most cruel. The cruel thorns, "I am a 
Mason," "I cannot leave if I would," "I 
see no great objection," "The oath is ir- 
revocable," pierced her heart till she 
cried. She muttered as she sobbed, "Wal- 
ter loves me, and I do love him ; but ma- 
sonry — I hate it worse than ever. Ihate 
it, for it comes in between us to part us. 
The more I love Walter, the more I 
hate it." 

Her tears gave her some relief. She 
turned away from the thorns and 
plucked the rose and hid it in her bosom. 
She remembered the words, "Edith, I 
love you." She became calm and began 
to consider the matter thoughtfully. She 
did not feel hard toward Walter. She 
did not blame him much ; no, she almost 
excused him. He was only dutifully fol- 
lowing his father's guidance. He was 
conscientious in all he did. Their pastor, 
no doubt, had been a bait to entrap him. 
The good man had been used as a cover- 
ing to hide the objections which the man- 
liness and conscientiousness of Walter 
would discover. What a bitter feeling 
against him who had baptized her and 

preached to her all her life was smoth- 
ered half formed within her breast! 
Many other good men were Masons, so 
she admitted. No wonder Walter, like 
many other honest young men, had been 
led into the lodge. 

But were her objections to masonry 
removed ? That was another question. 
Could she lay them aside in this case? 
That was another question yet. She had 
time to think. They were not formed 
when ignorant of the order. She knew 
it outside and inside. No, she could not 
lay aside her objections. She could not; 
it is not safe to marry one bound for 
life to the lodge. But then, it is Wal- 
ter. She could scarcely resize it. She 
read and re-read, "I am a ^lason." "Will 
you be my wife?" She thought again, 
and said to herself, "H Walter loves me 
as I love him, he would give up masonrs^ 
for me, and if he does not so love me, 
if he will not leave the lodge for me, 
dare I say it? — I can never be his wife." 

By time for tea she had resolved what 
to do, and was completely under self-con- 
trol. She was not hungry, but went to 
the table and drank a cup of tea. After 
leaving the table, she walked down into 
the garden and sat a few minutes in the 
arbor, watching the sun as it sank below 
the dispersing clouds, touching them with 
loveliness and glory as it cast on them 
its yellow rays. "Ah." said she to her- 
self, "some clouds have golden linings !" 
Her thoughts then ran back to childhood, 
its innocent dreams and longings, its 
pleasures and its hopes. Yes. she re- 
membered its happy days, and one happy 
day in particular — the day on which in 
play and yet in earnest, she pledged her- 
self to Walter. Then she remembered 
the last time he had sat there with her 
and how strangely he had acted. Now 
she understood him. Her heart was 
filled with love ; and although there had 
been a storm, the clouds were almost 
gone and everything around her spoke 
in peace. True, there was one cause of 
trouble, but her mind was fixed in regard 
to a i)lan for its removal. She had con- 
fidence in Walter's love, integrity and 
manliness, and so with his willing ear 
to listen, she did not fear for the result. 

Four weeks is not a long time, but to 
Walter since he had written, four weeks 
seemed as manv months. He waited, as 



June, 19H. 

he declared he would, in restless anxiety. 
For two days, since he began to expect 
an answer, the postman seemed to mock 
him. Did not his happiness or misery 
depend on the coming letter? Why, 
then, did he not receive it and know his 

One evening a neat envelope with his 
address written in a well-known hand 
was laid on his table. He did not stand 
and consult the postmark and count up 
the time of its journey. It must be con- 
fessed he was nervous. His fingers trem- 
bled as much as did Edith's under sim- 
ilar circumstances two weeks previous, 
and his heart beat as loudly as hers. He 
tore open the envelope and read the let- 
ter very hastily, then he read it again 
very slowly. 

Brandon, Sept. i8, i8 — . 

Dear Walter: You have given me a 
difficult letter to answer. If you had 
merely asked your question, I could have 
answered it with a monosyllable. But 
as you added, "I am a Mason," and gave 
your views of the order, I must answer 
that, too. Why should I say whether or 
not I would be willing to be your wife, 
if I cannot marry a Mason ? Why should 
I say that I will not marry a Mason, if 
I would not otherwise be willing to be 
your wife? So. Walter, I must write 
very plainly, as I am glad you did when 
writing to me. I thank you for your 
frankness and will try to be as honest 
with you. Yes, Walter, I do love you, 
and if you love me more than you do 
masonry, I will be your loving wife. If 
you do not, why would you ask me ? 

Walter paused and soliloquized, 
"That's to the point. I can't get around 
it. I do love her more than all else on 
earth, but then my oaths — " 

It all lies with you, Walter, for I con- 
sent v/ith all my heart when you throw- 
off your allegiance to the lodge. It is 
all I ask, and it is not unreasonable. I 
will show you why I cannot have a Ma- 
son for a husband, and I will show you 
how you can leave the order. 

"I hope to goodness she will," said 

I admit that in the lodge are many good 
men and some good things, but remem- 
ber good men sometimes err, and the 
worst things may have something good 
in them. Walter, I do not much blame 

you in the circumstances for uniting with 
the order, and I do not in the least feel 
hard toward you. But I do feel sorry. 
Oh, how I wish that you had not done 
so! How happy we would be! But let 
me assure you, Walter, that I had not the 
remotest idea, when we were talking in 
the arbor, that you Avere a Mason. I 
did not know, or even dream it, until I 
read your letter. I intended only to 
warn you against joining, as I feared you 
might be tempted to do when about to 
cross the sea. 

I did not want you to join, and I do 
not want my husband to be a Mason, 
first, because the associations in the lodge 
are dangerous. It leads one into bad 
company ; into company which has ruined 
many young men, into company with 
which you would be ashamed to asso- 
ciate in the parlor, into intimate and 
sworn friendship with men among whom 
I would be ashamed and would fear to 
have my father or my husband mingle, 
and whose society is injurious to every- 
one associated with them. 

I admit there are many good men in 
the lodge, but there are also infidels, sa- 
loon keepers, drunkards, or at least mod- 
erate drinkers and tipplers, swearers, 
and other wicked men. Should a good 
man ''meet on the level" with such men? 
Should a husband have sworn compan- 
ions to whom he would not allow his 
wife to speak because of their immoral 
character? Will you call those your 
brethren, and be called brother by those, 
to whom your wife must claim no rela- 
tion, or even call her friends? Would 
you allow your wife to associate with 
all the members of Brandon lodge, or of 
any other lodge that you can name? 
Surely if it is dangerous for a wife to 
have certain men for her friends, it is 
dangerous for her husband to have them 
for his brethren. If it would not be re- 
spectable and safe for her to invite them 
to spend an evening with her and her 
husband in their home, is it respectable 
or safe for her husband to meet with 
them night after night, until midnight, 
and to associate with them not only in 
the lodge, but also when ''called from 
labor to refreshment"? I will only have 
a husband whose friends can be my 

Do you say that it is safe for you? 

June, 1914. 



If I did not believe }'ou to be upright, 
firm and manly, I could not love you 
as I do. But is anyone safe in bad com- 
pany? Do not the upright and brave 
leave it? If one is not strong enough to 
break away from evil companions, is he 
strong enough to always resist their 
temptations ? \\'alter, with all my confi- 
dence in you, I do not think that you 
are safe while in the lodge ; and if you 
are not safe and are unwilling to seek 
safety, should I, even in my love, risk 
my happiness and welfare with you?" 

But that is not all. ^ly objections are 
to be taken accumulatively. If one alone 
is not enough, perhaps all of them to- 
gether will convince you. ^lasonry comes 
in between husband and wife, and to 
some extent interferes in the marriage 
relation. The husband and wife should 
be so united as to be one in interest, in 
love, and in confidence. On this perfect 
union depends their happiness or misery. 
But masonry, with all its secrets, with all 
its obligations, and with all its meetings, 
separates the husband from his wife. 
The separation in some cases may be 
small : but masonry is like a wedge, the 
more there is of it the greater the separa- 
tion, and in many instances masonry has 
succeeded in entirely separating the hus- 
band from the wife. By its obligations, 
it divides to some extent their interests ; 
by its secrets, it forbids perfect confi- 
dence ; by its meetings, it mars their per- 
fect companionship ; by its assumed au- 
thority, it interferes with their mutual 
duties. You promise me that you will 
not allow it to interfere between us. But 
you have sworn obedience to the lodge, 
and as long as you consider yourself a 
member, and acknowledge allegiance to 
the order, and consider your oaths bind- 
ing, how could you avoid this interfer- 
ence, if a "brother master ]\Iason, or a 
lodge of the same, should give, hand, 
send, or throw you a summons" requir- 
ing something that would interfere? 
How can you be a ^Nlason. keep its se- 
crets, attend its meetings, pay its assess- 
ments, and not neglect at least some du- 
ties toward your wife? Should we ever 
be married. \\'alter, would you allow me 
to keep many secrets from you, go out 
night after night without you, spend 
money without your knowledge and 
against your wishes, associate with those 
of doubtful character, and act just like 

a Mason? You would ask me to do as 
a wife should. I ask no more of you. 

I have many other objections to ma- 
sonry, such as its mode of initiation, its 
false claim to age and benevolence, its 
rash and terrible oaths, its horrible pen- 
alties, its idolatrous worship, its profana- 
tion of Scripture and names and titles 
of our Maker, its inconsistency with a 
republican fonn of government, and its 
inconsistency in every relation of life, but 
I now urge especially those which con- 
cern us and your question. 

Xow, Walter, let me entreat you .as 
you love me, and as you love truth and 
right, to forsake such an institution. Do 
you say, ''How can I?" A^ long as you 
acknowledge allegiance to the lodge, and 
believe your oaths of secrecy, fidelity, 
and obedience are binding, always respect 
them, and never in the least violate them. 
But which is the worse, to renounce all 
allegiance, or to acknowledge allegiance 
and then violate your obligations by not 
letting them interfere with your duties ? 

But let me show that you can renounce 
all allegiance because your oaths are not 
binding. Y^ou took them on conditions 
which were not fulfilled. So you have 
never sworn. By the agreement, you are 
free. The master of the lodge, when 
asking you to swear, assured you there 
was nothing in the oath inconsistent with 
vour duties. Only on that condition you 
swore. Then when you find the obliga- 
tion inconsistent, it is in no part binding. 
Then again, an improper oath cannot 
bind the conscience. It is your place to 
repent of rash vows, and to renounce 
them. Don't hold up your hands in holy 
horror. Did not George Washington re- 
nounce his allegiance'to the crown? Who 
blames him? Was Herod bound by his 
rash oath to take the life of John the 
Baptist?" \\'ere the forty conspirators 
under moral obligation to kill Paul or to 
starve themselves to death merely be- 
cause they had sworn they would ? Was 
Jephthah' bound by his rash vow to slay 
iiis daughter? Xo more than by your 
oath you are bound to banish me. The 
mistake, and allow me to say, the wrong, 
is in taking and not in breaking such 

You sav that you are not "bright in 
masonry." Well, I have studied it close- 
Iv. and understand its work, and am, as 



June, 1914. 

you would say, "bright." Which, then, 
is the more competent to judge the or- 
der ? You admit that you are not an en- 
thusiastic ]\Iason. Well, I am an enthu- 
siastic antimason. Other things, then, 
being equal, which of us should give up? 
I beg of you to think of all these things 
seriously, and I do not doubt or fear 
your conclusion. 

Now, Walter, my dear, is this a lec- 
ture, a sermon, or a love letter? I scarce- 
ly know. Y^ou ask me plain questions and 
I answer them as plainly. Is that right? 

Yes, indeed, I remember and shall 
never forget our happy childhood days. 
I sat in the arbor this evening and 
thought of them, and of the day before 
you left, and of you, and of days to 
come. How glad I will be to see you 
home again ! It is so lonesome without 
you. Will you not write often? How 
glad I was to get your letter, and you 
do not know how happy I was, when on 
opening it my eyes first fell on your 
words, "Edith, I love you," nor how sor- 
ry, how vexed I was, nor how I cried, 
when I read, "I am a Mason." How 
happy I shall be, and how I will love 
you, and respect you all my life, when 
you write to me and say, "I am a A^lason 
no more !" 

Aly dearest Walter, you have told me 
of your love and I have told you of mine, 
so I shall subscribe myself 

Yours forever, 


Walter had made his boasts that noth- 
ing had ever kept him awake all night. 
One thing or one night is excepted now. 
After reading the letter he could not 
sleep. He tried it. But the longer he 
tried, the wider awake be became. He 
got up, lit the gas, sat down, and read 
the letter again. Then he began to con- 
sider the question, which came to his 
mind in this form : "Shall I give up my 
masonry or my Edith?" He believed 
that she was honest and firm and would 
not change her answer. He loved her 
many times more than masonry, which 
was fast becoming an object of dislike 
to him. He confessed to himself that he 
had been rash in entering the lodge and 
assuming the obligations, but he would 
be careful about coming out. How to 
leave in opposition to his father, his pas- 
tor, and other members was one ques- 

tion. Then he was only partly convinced 
by Edith in regard to his oaths. That 
was another question. He must more 
carefully examine it before deciding the 
whole matter. His love for Edith, her 
clear sentences, and earnest wishes had 
a wonderful effect in urging him for- 
ward. But when he remembered his 
oaths and their penalties, and his father 
and brethren of Brandon lodge and their 
teachings, he began to see how firmly he 
was wrapt in the coils. 

(To be continued.) 

Oh the blindness and stupidity of the 
professing Church. Is it not high time, 
brethren, that we bear testimony against 
these false shepherds, members of secret 
conclaves, by refusing them our fellow- 
ship ? In many instances they are driving 
the spiritually minded members out of 
the churches. Christians should bear 
faithful testimony in their churches and 
should not leave them unless driven out 
and then we should weep over it. Our 
testimony should be of a very practical 
kind that has no uncertain sound. We 
should stand "one for all and all for one" 
in the cause of Christ, but rather we al- 
low a dozen of these lodge wolves to set 
upon the true sheep of God and drive 
them out of the church while we just 
look wise. Shame on us ! Shall we 
cower before those who offer up strange 
fire and who spread themselves as a green 
bay tree simply because we are a min- 
ority? No, forever no. 

P. A. Klein. 

Seattle, Wash. 

The nearest way to the heart of our 
sorrowing humanity is through the heart 
of the Man of Sorrows. Therefore 
"Christ for the World" we accept as the 
true evangelical watchword, rather than 
"The World for Christ."— A. J. Gordon. 

The apostles were revolutionists, but 
all revolutionists are not apostles. Some 
of them are destructionists, undermining 
the faith which the apostles preached. 

I am not sure but that we are more in 
need of those who can talk about religion 
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Our readers will recall that we began 
the report of our annual meeting in last 
month's Cynosure. We shall continue 
the account into August and possibly the 

month following 

Rev. Adam Murrman has been secured 
as Secretary for Nebraska and began 
his work there early in June. The As- 
sociation is very fortunate in securing 
Mr. Alurrman. Lie is a very energetic 
man and an able speaker. An account 
of his labors in Nebraska appears else- 
where in the Cynosure. 

Rev. J. G. Brooks was appointed 
Young People's Secretary to secure col- 
porteurs from the colleges during the 
summer months. He corresponded with 
five different colleges, but so far has been 
unsuccessful in securing any young men 
for this work. 

General Officers. 

President, Rev. W'm. Stuart ; \'ice- 
I^resident, Rev. D. S. Warner ; Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, Wm. I. Phillips ; Re- 
cording Secretary, Mrs. N. E. IxeJlogg. 

Board of Directors. 

George W. Bond, C. A. lUanchard, (i. 
J. Haan, A. B. Rutt, E. IL Stewart, T. 
C. T^IcKnight, D. S. Warner, J. IT. B. 
Williams, P. A. Kittilsby, M. P. F. Doer- 
mann and \Ym. Stuart. 

Mr. Wm. I. Phillips was re-elected 
Editor of the Christian Cynosure 

The annual meeting, which met in The 
Aloody Church on May 21 was an en- 
couraging and unusually representative 
gathering. The speakers were from 
the following denominations : U'nited 
Brethren, radical ; Free Methodist, Unit- 
ed Evangelical, Lutheran, Presbyterian, 
Congregational, Church of the Brethren 
Christian Reformed, Mennonite, Re- 
formed, Baptist, ]\Iethodist Episcopal 
and Reformed Presbyterian. 

Much credit is due to Rev. J. C. Long. 
D. D.. Prof. D. D. Cullor and especially 
to Rev. Wm. Dillon, D. D., a member of 
this Association since its organization, 
and one whose loyalty and hel'p fulness 
has been unceasing. A\'e can do no bet- 
ter for our readers than to copy in part 
his estimate of our convention as it ap- 
peared in The Christian Conserv \tor : 

A most hopeful and encouraging re- 
port was made by the secretary and 
treasurer, W. I. Phillips, and very cheer- 
ing reports were given by the field secre- 
taries, beginning with Rev. \\'. B. Stod- 
dard, after whicli reports were made 
from Oregon. Washington anc! other 
states. The forenoon session was very 
interesting and edifying. 

The afternc^on session was opened by 
prayer. The report on resnlntions wn^ 
read, and :\\<o the report on memoirs, 
showing wliat reformers ha\c died the 
l)ast year. Dr. DilltMi delivered his ad- 
dress on "Ciod's Estimate of the Secret 
Lodge Svstem." It showed the errancy 
and fallil^ility of the opinions o\ men, 
and the unappealable inerrancy of (iod's 
decisions and judgment. Two secret or- 
ders are described in the Bible, botli of 



July, 1914. 

which are condemned of God. and his 
people forbidden to fellowship them. 

Rev. T. B. Arnold spoke on the rea- 
sons why the Free Methodists opposed 
secret orders and why they came out 
from the lodge ridden ]\I. E. church. 
Rev. E. Y. W'oolley, pastor of The 
]\Ioody church, spoke on secret societies 
for Sunday schools, as nurseries to pre- 
pare the young to go into other secret 
orders. He showed the uselessness of 
secret orders and that opposition to them 
does not hinder, but rather helps to build 
up churches in cities. The ]\Ioody 
church is building up faster and is do- 
ing more good in Chicago) than any 
other church in the city. Rev. J. ^^ . 
Davis spoke on the lodge question, he is 
of the United Evangelical church. He 
said that all their preachers in th.e city 
were opposed to the lodge, and gave 
substantial reasons for his opposition. A 
Congregational minister of ^Michigan 
made a good and amusing address. He 
began by saying he was a chaplain of 
a lodge, the men in his church were 
^lasons, do not attend the prayer meet- 
ing and do not publicly pray. He was 
accustomed to preach once a year against 
the lodge, and his elders met and invited 
his presence to inquire what attitude he 
was going to take to the lodge ; he told 
them he must preach twice a year against 
the lodge. He is to preach to them 
next Sundav against the lodge. 

Rev. J. C. Long. D. D.. of Mansfield, 
O., delivered an eloquent address on 
"The Sin of Silence." He is pastor of 
one of the largest Lutheran churches 
in the United States, having nineteen 
hundred members. He most strongly 
condemned ministers who fail to warn 
their people against the lodge evil, or 
in any way favor the lodge. He is a 
man of unusual eloquence and force in 
speaking; he is an orator. 

Friday morning Rev. J H. R. \\T1- 
liams of the Brethren church of Elgin. 
presided. He is the editor of the Church 
of the Brethren missionary paper in El- 
gin. 111., with a circulation of 16,000. He 
is an estimable youn^ minister. Rev. D. 
S. V/arner, the Sunday school editor of 
the Free Methodist church conducted the 
devotion. He is an able minister and 
has visited the Holy Land. Then a 
round table talk was conducted bv Rev, 
W. B. Stoddard of Washington, 'D. C 

and Rev. P. A. Hockstra of Holland, 
Mich., who is president of the ^lichigan 
antisecrecy association. In the after- 
noon Prof. D. D. Cullor of Mt. Morris, 
Illinois, gave a good address on the psy- 
cliologcal basis of secrecy. On Friday 
evening President C. A.. Blanchard de- 
livered an able address on the mysteries. 
He is the well known president of 
W'heaton College. This closed one of 
the best conventions we ever attended. 


I have left, by God's grace, the fol- 
lowing secret societies : Blue Lodge 
and Royal Arch Masons, Oddfellows, 
Rebekahs, Independent Order of For- 
esters, Canadian Order Chosen Friends, 
Loyal Orange Lodge and Royal Scar- 
let Knights. Xow I belong only to 
Jesus. Praise His holv name. 

(Rev.) H. Vv. \V. Allex. 

Rev. H. \A\ \\'. Allen spoke as fol- 
lows : When I got a letter from our 
good brother here asking me to speak 
at this convention, I oftered to give my 
testimony, and as I prayed in my study 
on my knees to find what the Lord would 
like to have me speak about, I felt it 
was God's will I should leave that until 
I came here. I am glad that I did. The 
purpose of my testimony today is' to 
help those who have been raised in 
churches, which do not permit lodge 
members. I want to make a plea for 
the man in the lodge, who believes in 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and is in dark- 

Let me give you a historv of how I 
got in the lodge. I was raised in the 
Catliolic part of Ireland. It was the cus- 
tom in my family, as soon as a man got 
to be eighteen years of age, that he 
should join the Orange lodge. And I 
suppose the night I was made a lodge 
member there were more of my rela- 
tives there than anybody else. 

On the fourth of July a man in regalia 
always marched into church and told how 
our fathers had bled and died to give 
us ciA'il and religious liberty, and to me 
the lodge and the church were united. 
I thought of them in that way and in my 
mind they were virtually united. 

\\'hen I left home and came to Can- 
ada. I brought a line of recommendation 
from two ministers. One was a ^^'es- 

Tulv, 1914. 



leyan Methodist, and the other was of 
the Church of England. I came to To- 
ronto, Canada, started in business there, 
and these two ministers, whom I am sure 
were Christian gentlemen, never thought 
it worth their while to write and send a 
letter to that yoiuig man I But with the 
lodge it was not so. I was hardly in 
my new position until man after man 
came and said. "Join our lodge," and I 
joined. I prospered in business. I rose 
rapidly, and I met men in the lodges who 
were members of other lodges, and I en- 
tered their lodges until I belonged to 
eight different secret societies. 

I called on ministers for the purpose 
of giving them an opportunity of talking 
to me about my salvation, but they never 
did. One preacher called on me in the 
eight years I was in Canada, and I told 
him I was a skeptic, and didn't believe 
in anything, and he said, neither did he. 
I said, "'What do you mean? At that 
rate I am a better man than you are. I 
am honest, and earning an honest living, 
and }ou are deceiving the people." That 
ended my respect for the church. By 
the great mercy of God I came to Cleve- 
land, Ohio, and there being converted 
joined the Baptist church and found 
that all the leading men were Free- 
masons. I was right at heme. We were 
all brothers together. Afterwards, by 
the mercy of God again. I came to Chi- 
cago. ]\Iy friends knew I was a good 
Baptist, and they wanted me to go into 
a certain Baptist church in this city. I 
made up my mind to do so, but the min- 
ister of the church came out and upheld 
dancing, and that ended me with him. 
From the time I was converted, friends, 
I have never entered a lodge : not that 
T thought it was wrong, but I was so 
busy working for Jesus Christ I had no 
time. I saw an advertisement that the 
Xational Christian Association was going 
to have a meeting in opposition to secret 
societies. I was astonished, but that 
word "Christian" — it looked good to me, 
for I loved the light. The convention 
was here in The Moody Church and I at- 
tended, and to my great surprise I heard 
men actually getting up and condemning 
the lodge ' Protestant men at that. I 
was astonished. I was completely 
stunned. I had never heard such a thing 
in all mv life. If it had not been in The 

-Moody Church, I would have thought 
that it was a meeting of Jesuits. I found 
that some of the speakers were men that 
I looked up to, like good brothers Morri- 
son and W'oolley. I did not want to sail 
under false colors, so I went to my trunk 
and put on my lodge pins, but it d^ew 
more hre than any lightning rod you ever 
saw. The Aloody Church street work- 
ers jumped all over me : would not let 
me talk in their meetings. One man, 
with more zeal than knowledge, told me 
I was living in open sin. I didn't know 
what to do. whether to leave the church 
or not. I could not believe that I was 
in the wrong because I had not been 
educated that the lodge was wrong. Two 
men talked with me in a kindly way 
about the matter. Eld. John ^lorrison 
and brother Woolley. I told brother 
^lorrison I would leave the lodge to- 
morrow, if I believed it was the Lord's 
will, btit I wanted to see that it was the 
Lord's will. 

AA'ell. I began to think the matter over 
seriously. I had no great love for the 
lodge : I had belonged for years and paid 
my dues, and had two thousand dollars' 
insurance: one thousand in the Inde- 
pendent Order of Foresters, and one 
thousand in the Oddfellows. I also had 
a sick benefit, and I said, what will sup- 
port me if I leave that, and I 'know I 
cannot get insurance again. As things 
sometimes happen. I had fallen in love 
(young men do that sometimes) with a 
young lady that I met at one of the mis- 
sions here. A\'ell. I thought of my plans 
for getting married, and two thousand 
dollars insurance looked to me to be 
quite a nice little thing to tell the young 
lady about when I popped the question : 
so that was another inducement to stay 
in the lodge. All this time I knew noth- 
ing about how the young lady regarded 
secret societies. She was a ^Iennonite. 
She had made up her mind long ago that 
she would never marry a man that be- 
longed to a lodge, but she had not told 
me that. But when I brought to her 
the question that was on my mind about 
the two thousand dollars, she said, 'T nev- 
er will touch a dollar of lodge money." 
I said, what will you do if I die? She 
said, 'T can trust the Lord better than 
I can your lodge." So the Lord led me 
from one thins: to another, until at last 



July, 1914. 

I started to renounce my lodges. I wrote 
and told them I had come to the con- 
clusion that there was nothing in the 
lodge to help me spiritually. When I 
wrote to the lodge, there was one man 
who wrote me a long letter. He said, "I 
cannot understand what you mean. I 
have been a Christian for thirty-five 
years and I find Masonry a great help to 
me in my Christian life." That kind of 
got me. I said, could I have been mis- 
taken, but my experience, in The Moody 
Church influenced me. Then, just as if 
the Lord had arranged it, there came a 
circular letter from the lodges, sent out to 
all the members, saying : We desire your 
aid because so many Master Masons have 
not sought exaltatiGn to the Holy Royal 
Arch — will you kindly use your influ- 
ence and seek to have these men make 
exaltation? That finished me. I said, 
I am working day and night to get men 
to humble themselves before the Lord 
Jesus Christ. The Masons sent me my 
papers giving me a clear bill of health 
from them, and they have not bothered 
me since. 

I have heard men say, a man cannot 
be a Christian and a Mason. I was both. 
I was paying dues to the Masons and 
serving Jesus Christ with all my heart 
and soul; all I wanted was light! I be- 
lieve we can use the words of Paul and 
say, He has much people in the secret 
lodge, who are void of wisdom, and 
don't know it. You cannot beat a man 
out of the lodge. You cannot take him 
by the neck and say. You come out of 
this lodge. Some young men tried that 
on me, in this church. That hindered 
me ; that was not the spirit of Jesus 
Christ. These lodge people are in dark- 
ness and they don't know it. Don't pound 
them, but pray with them and show them 
where they are. 

You could not get me back to the lodge 
under any circumstances. Why? Be- 
cause God has opened my eyes, and I see 
they are all from the Devil. I have been 
in Masonry, and I have been fighting 
the lodge, and I have been having quite 
a time. I had Masons and Oddfellows 
in Nebraska, and they found I was both, 
and they asked me to join the lodge, and 
I said, I had something better, and by 
the grace of God the lodges stopped. 
Another place where I went they had 

only about three lodge members who 
were members in the church, and they 
were not good lodge members, and there 
were six or seven Rebekahs, who were 
members of the church. 

These lodges used to have a dance 
about every two weeks, but they don't 
do it now. I have been able by the grace 
of God to bring the Christians out of 
the lodges. 

The plea I wanted to make is : Be pa- 
tient with the man in the lodge; if he is 
sincerely following the Lord Jesus 
Christ, if he is groping in the dark, be 
patient with him and instruct him. You 
know the lodge, in my mind, supplies a 
lack in the church. Why was I in the 
lodge? Because the church didn't get 
after me. I was groping after God, if 
haply I might find him, and I thought 
I would find him in the lodge, and I 
thought it was helping me, and I was 
simply living on the husks that the swine 
left, and I didn't know it. If these young 
men are growing up in Jesus Christ, if 
they are instructed and have the love of 
God in their heart, then show them that 
the lodge is only for this world, and a 
man that really loves Jesus Christ will 
be too busy getting other men from the 
fire, that never will be quenched, to keep 
membership in the lodge. 


Mr. N. A. Buck of Battle Creek, Mich- 
igan, writes that he seceded from the 
Maccabees fourteen years ago because 
he could not conscientiously pay assess- 
ments levied on account of a deceased 
bartender, a member of the order. 


Mr. J. T. CuUor of Sapulpa, Okla., 
says that his cousin, who was interested 
in the Rebekahs, Maccabees and other or- 
ders, has been led to abandon them. 


Washington, D. C, March ii, 1914. 

I have read your tracts with much in- 
terest, also parts of Rev. M. L. Wag- 
ner's book, ''Freemasonry, an Interpre- 
tation." Llis interpretation, disbelieved 
by thousands, no doubt, is correct. I am 
a young man and was a Royal Arch Ma- 
son. I therefore know something of 
lodge work, but behind it all lies hidden 

July, 1914. 



this thing, which is so impossible of defi- 
nite grasp it seems. I can give, however, 
much of practical application, as I am a 
victim myself. A. C. Chewning, Jr. 


Mr. Roy Brown of Cleveland, Ohio, 
writes that he left the Masons and the 
Royal Arcanum, and that his father had 
left the Knights of Pythias, Oddfellows, 
Knights of Malta, Royal Arcanum, Red 
Men, Iron Hall and Protected Home 


Ironton, Ohio, April 25, 1914, 
I joined the Junior Order of United 
American -Mechanics about nine years 
ago and a year later the Red Men, and 
over a year ago I started to join the Odd- 
fellow^s. There was one degree in the 
J. O. U. A. M. that was an abomination, 
it was so vulgar. It was the same way 
with the Red Men. Of course, we all 
drank beer and whisky. It was kept in 
a cupboard just outside the hall and the 
members could hardly wait for the lodge 
to be dismissed until they would be in 
a card game and drinking. Last July 1 
forsook my lodges for Jesus' sake. 

During the time I belonged to the 
lodges I had some severe trials. My lit- 
tle ten-year-old daughter was accidental- 
ly shot by a neighbor's boy and was in 
the hospital for five weeks. I am a poor 
laboring man and was forced to take her 
home before she was well enough be- 
cause I could not pay the required $10.00 
a week to keep here there. She was at 
home for two wrecks and got steadily 
worse, and I was finally compelled to 
ask the people of Ironton for help. All 
the assistance the Red Men gave me was 
$9.00 and the J. O. U. A. M. w^ould not 
give me anything because they did not 
like the way I had voted. Whether it 
was my vote in the hall or not, I ne\-er 
learned. My daughter lived a few weeks 
longer and died. Times were pretty hard 
with me. I lost my position in a stone 
quarry and walked over two hundred 
miles before I found work. For all their 
obligations to assist a brother in need, 
I have never found mv lodges of an^■ 
assistance to me. 

Y^ours in Christ Jesus. 

Ias. Casebalt. 


The only secret order that I was ever 
connected with was the Independent Or- 
der of Good Templars. It gradually 
lapsed, as far as my membership or con- 
nection was concerned. That is not a 
secret order in the strict sense of the 
word because usually all people in it are 
Christians, at least that was my experi- 
ence. My testimony, however, is that 
the thing that has kept me out of the 
secret orders is my fundamental faith in 
the Christian religion. The last part of 
the sixth chapter of vSecond Corinthians 
is sufficient for me. "Come out from 
among them and be ye separate." "What 
concord hath Christ with'*Belial ?" That 
is sufficient if we believe that it is the 
Word of God. Rev. Mr. Ouri. 


Gillingham, Wis., March 3. 19 14 
Ijefore my conversion I belonged to 
three secret societies. I trusted in my 
lodge for salvation and not in the blood, 
of Jesus Christ. I thought I had no need 
of Jesus Christ or His salvation, for I 
had the lodge conception of the new- 
birth. Lodges have taken the place of 
the Church of Christ with mar.y a mar. 
A fellow pastor asked one of my mem- 
bers to come to prayer meeting tonight 
and he replied, "I would like to, but 
can't. It is lodge night." The lodge is 
a curse to a man's soul. I am satisfied 
that there are thousands of men wlio 
expect to enter heaven through their 
lodges. They will he sadl)- disappointed. 
Jesus Christ is the rock of my salvation; 
not anv lodge, and I thank God that I 
realized the folly of depending uikop. 
lodge religion to save my soul. 
Y^ours in the bond of the Gospel. 

(Rex.) r.EXT. T. I'lorsFiEi.n. 


Clifton, Texas. Max 7, 11)14. 
JMrst let me say that I did uo{ lia\-c 
sniiplv a ncmiinal connccli'Mi willi Ma- 
sonry. I'^or xcars I was a xery active 
nieml^er of the Masonic and other lodges 
and for H.Tree x'cars was Secretary of 
Pier^on Lod^e \(x k'm), A. F. and A. M., 
of Barnesx illc. Minnesota. During this 
period I xvas not only a fanatic on this 
question Inu I xx-as brth ignorant and 


Tulv. 1914. 

In ]\Iarch. 1912. I was taken to a hos- 
pital, where I was told that there was 
no help for me and was advised to rely 
upon my Maker. They gave me the 
starving cure for three weeks, but I 
found that it was not my body that suf- 
fered the most. I\Iy immortal soul was 
sick. After consulting by Bible many 
times and wrestling over the matter for 
nine days and nights, by the great mercy 
of God. I won the battle. I then ap- 
proached my Lord in a childlike spirit 
and let Him teach me. It pleased Him, 
in His great and inlinite wisdom, to re- 
veal to me there the damnable character 
of ^Masonry. I could not look my Savior 
in the face and retain my membership in 
Masonry, ^^>ak as I was, I wrote the 
acting secretary of the lodge for my 
demit, which was granted. 

God convinced me that the masonic 
pretensions which had been palmed otr 
on me were similar to the absurd claims 
of the Devil when he told Christ that 
he would give Him the whole world if 
He would worship him, and I saw that 
I had been blinded by the god of this 
world and given over to believe a lie. I 
would, without question, have been eter- 
nally lost had I at this time refused to 
follow the truth as revealed and to come 
out from my lodges. To free myself 
from the n:inor lodges was a simple mat- 
ter, for when I stopped paying my 
monthly dues all "'friendship, love and 
prudence" ceased. 

When I read Webb's "■^[cnitor'" or 
^lackey's "Encyclopedia" I am nlled 
with indignation. I realize more than 
ever what a great favor God has 
conferred on me by taking me out of 
^lasonry. and I feel it my duty to pay 
this great debt as far as I am able by 
personal work for my fellow men, to 
bear my testimony and point men to the 
only way of salvation. 

Yours in His name. 

B. M. Holt. 

Chicago, Ills.. ]^Iay. 1914. 
A\'hen I reached my twenty-hrst birth- 
day, my father thought the best thing 
that he could possibly do for me was to 
make me a present of the initiation fee 
into the Oddfellow order. Of course I 
readily agreed, as I had been brought up 

to believe that it was a very great honor 
to belong to one or more secret societies. 

In due course of time I was initiated. 
On the afternoon preceding a gentleman 
called at my father's house and, noticing 
that I was dressed for a special occasion, 
asked me jokingly what was going on. 
^ly mother, with some pride, told him 
what was going on. In about ten days 
this gentleman called again and proposed 
that I become organist for the Richard 
Cole masonic lodge Xo. 697. Chicago, 
Ills. He agreed that my initiation fee 
would be paid for me if I would be the 
organist for the lodge, and I readily as- 
sented. It hurt my conscience as a Chris- 
tian to have to meet the committee ap- 
pointed to arrange matters in a whole- 
sale liquor store, but I smothered my 
conscience and in the course of ten da}'s 
was received into the Richard Cole Lodge 
as an Entered Apprentice ]vIason. Two 
weeks later I took my Fellow Craft de- 
gree and in another week I became a 
blaster ^lason, 

I noticed that some of the members, 
while going to and coming from the lodge 
meetings, stopped at drinking places and 
often became quite under the intluence of 
liquor. I also noticed that during the 
intermissions there was frequent blas- 
pheming and irreverent remarks about 
the person of the Son of God. Richard 
Cole lodge was full of inhdels, more 
so, perhaps, than many other lodges. To 
be sure, they had all taken a solemn oath 
that they believed in a Supreme Being 
and in that sense they were not inlidels, 
but they nevertheless called themselves 
intidels and their blasphemies were al- 
ways against the Son of God. This I 
could not endure. I was a sinner saved 
bv grace through faith in the sacrifice ot 
the blessed Son of God, and to hear His 
name blasphemed and His person ridi- 
culed was something for which I could 
not stand. Accordingly, at the end of 
the vear, when I had fullilled my con- 
tract, I nctitied them that I was going 
to leave and gave them my reasons for 
doing -o. 

I know that I have gained more by 
having the approval of God and doing 
His will than I would had I accepted the 
worldlv gain which probably would have 
come by striving to secure man's good 
will by remaining in the order. 

Tulv. 1914. 



I want to warn every Christian young 
man who is being tempted to join the 
^lasons, or any oath-bound secret so- 
ciety, to keep themselves free from such 
entanglements, as it will surely hurt their 
souls and ruin their testimony for God. 
Jesus said. "'In secret have I said noth- 
ing." I Rev. I \\'. H. Hopkins. 

Tacoma. Wash.. Sept. lo. 1913. 

For fony-six years I was connected 
\\-ith the ^lasonic order. I joined it be- 
lieving it would enlarge my sphere of in- 
fluence and usefulness. During my con- 
nection with the order I faithftilly strove 
to be a faithful witness for Christ, as 
Chaplain and Prelate of the Lodge and 
also as a minister of the Gospel. 

During the latter years of my Chris- 
tian life, after I had received a rich and 
fuller baptism of the Holy Spirit. I be- 
came conscious of a distaste for my 
lodge associations, and for the conven- 
tional usages of the fraternity in the mat- 
ter of dancing, smoking and waste of 
time and in attendance upon and panici- 
pation in the ceremonies inseparable 
from secret societies — time which should 
be devoted to the supreme interests of 
my vocation as a man called of God to 
reach and save sinners and build tip the 
kingdom of our adorable Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ. As I tried to walk 
in the light as He is in the light, there 
came to me a sad conviction that I was 
grieving many of God"s most devoted 
children by my public participation in 
the processions on the Lord's Day and 
at the public festivities and funeral ser\-- 
ices in which, as Prelate. I so frequently 
otticiated. Even to this hour, as I re- 
call their sad looks, my heart is very 
sorrowful, for some of the most devout 
of them departed this life before I with- 
drew from ]^Iasonr\- and carried with 
them this sense of disappointment in me. 
It is surely a grievous sin to make sad 
the hearts of God's dear children. Al- 
thotigh forgiven. I cannot forget the 
sad looks of those dear saintly faces. 

By the providence of God His call 
came, and by His grace I came out from 
all masonic fellowship. The call of God 
to come out was throueh the treatment 
accorded to a devoted Christian wife by 
a loving and devoted masonic husband. 

which came to my attention, and I saw 
that I was the unconscious occasion of 
the tmhappy incident. The lady was in- 
vited by her husband, a ship captain, to 
accompany him to a masonic banquet on 
Christmas morning. Her religious con- 
victions made it impossible for her to 
do so. In his excitement, because of her 
refusal to go because it would grieve 
the Holy Spirit, he pointed her to Chap- 
lain Stubbs and said. 'Tf you can't go to 
a banquet to which Chaplain Stubbs can 
go, your religion is a fake." When the 
repon oi this incident came to my ears. 
I instantly fell on my knees and asked 
God to comfort the atilicted wife and to 
forgive me for being a stumbling block 
to the Captain and an Occasion of grief 
to the heart of his devoted wife. Before 
I slept that night I severed my connec- 
tion unqualiliedly and irrevocably with 
]\rasonr}-. Only thus could I get into 
right relations with my God and Savior 
and cease to be a stumbling block to 
conscientious members of the household 
of faith and also to ^lasons. 
Fraternally yours. 

( Ex > Chaplain R. S. Stubbs. 


The Washington Christian Association 
opposed to Secret Societies was organ- 
ized June 23th, 19 1 3. Our work is there- 
fore "less than one year old. And while 
we may not be able to report great 
growth' within that time or point to any 
great results accomplished, we are glad 
that we are alive and the future lies be- 
fore us. 

Since our organization one public 
meeting has been held at which the prin- 
ciples ioT which we stand were dis- 
cussed and literature distributed. In ad- 
dition to the generous help received from 
the National Christian Association 
friends of our work locally have contrib- 
uted to its support. In this way we have 
been able to secure over one hundred 
dollars' worth of lx)oks and tracts, part 
oi which we have sold, and in some cases 
distributed gratis. In addition to placing 
"Modern Secret Societies" and "Finney 
on Masonry" in the public libraries of 
this city, we have distributed over one 
thousand tracts among the students^ of 
the Universitv of Washing^ton. Elton 


Tulv. 1914. 

has been made to induce our friends to 
take the books which we supply and loan 
them out among the victims of secrecy, 
and thus keep them in circulation. In 
doing this both the officers and others 
are having opportunities to discuss the 
work with lodgemen in private and b}' 
correspondence, with some very inter- 
esting results. 

The work in which we have had great- 
est interest is that among the students. 
This we hope to continue year by year, 
seeking if possible to put literature into 
the hands of every Freshman as he en- 
ters the University. Our reasons for 
this are threefold. First, young people 
are in general more open-minded and 
susceptible to the truth than any other 
class. Few have at that time of life en- 
tered the lodge, and it is easier to keep 
them out than to get them out. While 
it is true that a few who are old in lodge 
experience are saved late in life, very 
few lodgemen attend our meetings, and 
comparatively few who have once joined 
are willing to read anything that is writ- 
ten against the lodge or read with un- 
prejudiced mind. They are joined to 
their idols and want to be left alone, and 
loving darkness hate the light lest their 
deeds should be reproved. But young 
people are for the most part open to the 
truth, or at least have enough curiosity 
to read a tract when it is put into their 

In the second place, it is in our schools 
that most young people get their first ex- 
perience in secrecy. A_ devoted frater- 
nity or sorority student almost in every 
case has begun a career in secretism. 
and if saved here may be saved from all 
other form.s of this evil. 

But third, if this country is to be 
saved from the power of the lodge the 
work must begin in our schools. We 
are now talking of national prohibition 
of the drink curse, but this was preceded 
by scientific instruction as to the evils of 
drink in our schools. To my mind the 
antisecrecy fight will have to be won in 
the same way with the young people. It 
\vill never be won in this generation, nor 
in the next generation, nor in any gen- 
eration to the end of time, so long as the 
Devil is allowed undisputed possession 
of our schools and colleges. 

We have as vet no means of knowing 

much about the results of our work so 
far, and perhaps never will know fully. 
But we have encouragement to believe 
that God will bless the truth. \\'e are 
glad that God has counted us faithful, 
putting us into this work, and count our- 
selves honored in being associated with 
the men and women who have preceded 
us in it, who are now carrying it forward 
elsewhere, and upon whose example and 
inspiration we so much depend. 

A\'e wish you all blessing in this con- 
vention, and upon all the plans before 
you for the coming year. 
Fraternally yours. 

Tho^ias ]vI. Slater. President. 


Leesville. La.. }\Iay i. 19 14. 
To the Annual Convention of the Na- 
tional Christian Association : 

I take pleasure in submitting my an- 
nual report from Feb. ist. 19 13. to ]\Iay 
1st, 19 14. During this time I have trav- 
eled 7.000 miles in Louisiana and Texas ; 
have received 906 Cvxosure subscrip- 
tions (90 per cent of which were for 
three months only ) ; have made 637 
house to house calls, where I had prayer 
and discussed the lodge and read the 
Bible. I delivered 198 antisecrecy lec- 
tures and preached 306 sermons. My re- 
ceipts from all sources were S641.40 and 
I expended in traveling expenses S403.90. 
I have distributed about two thousand 
antisecrecy and religious tracts and was 
enabled to cause several to forsake the 
idol worship of secret societies and saved 
others from joining. I witnessed sixty- 
five conversions from sin as a result of 
mv preaching the Gospel of the blessed 

I have met with great opposition and 
manv sore trials during the past year but 
the Lord has most gracioush' and won- 
derfully delivered me. I would like very 
much indeed to be present with God's 
saints in the great spiritual love feast, 
but finances will not permit me to do so. 
I am earnestly praying for the outpour- 
ing of the Holy Spirit upon the meeting. 
Pray for the Lord's blessing upon me 
that my strength fail not and that my 
feeble and loving wife may be wholl\- 
healed. A\'e are undergoing a fearful 
tirade of persecution and misrepresen- 
tation because of our steadfast opposi- 

Tulv. 1914. 



tion to the unfruitful works of darkness, 
but thank God. we are rejoicing in His 
love. The secret lodge preachers and 
other lovers of darkness are tn-ing to 
close ever}' door against us by their ma- 
licious misrepresentations and even my 
own relatives, with few exceptions, have 
ceased to visit us. but we are determined 
to stay on the Lord's side. Every plant 
not planted by our Heavenly Father shall 
be rooted up. 

^ly brethren, be strong in the Lord and 
in the power of His might and contend 
for a pure Church and clean society. 
Yours in His precious ser^'ice. 

FiL\xcis T. Davidsox. 


Dumas. Ark.. ]^Iay 19. 19 14. 
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the 
National Christian Association : 
I beg to make my second annual report 
of my work in the South. I do not feel 
that i have done as much as some who 
are better prepared and yet I have done 
what I could in the name of Tesus. \A'hat 
I have, all I am or ever hope to be I have 
given for the use of the Lord. 

I have visited seventeen towns since 
my last report and have distributed tracts 
in each of them and secured a few 
Cynosure subscribers. The har^'est is 
white and there are only a few laborers. 
I have taught Bible lessons and lectured 
night after night and made house to 
house visits during the day. There are 
hundreds of men and women who have 
given up their secret societies and who 
are afraid to expose them. They are 
afraid that they will be killed, ^^'e often 
hear them say that the orders are sap- 
ping the life out of the Church and that 
they are glad to hear some one expose 
them, but they are afraid to say any- 
thing themselves. However. God has 
one here and there who are not afraid 
to die for the truth if need be. Some 
people who used to take great pride in 
the lodge are now ashamed to even let 
i: be known that they belong to them. 
The big lodge preachers admit that they 
are not good for their congregations. 
They will tell you. "AA'e are in them for 
the money that we may some time leave 
to our families when we die." A good 
many preachers join the lodge because 
there are some in their congregations 

who will not have a pastor who is not a 
member of the lodge. God is taking His 
Church out of the world. Men and 
women are coming out of the lodge in 
every place where the Bible lessons are 
taught. \'ery often after giving out the 
tracts we hear different ones saying. 
"Yes. these lodges are wrong." and they 
abandon them at once, while others wait 
a while and at last give them up.. Breth- 
ren, we need more preachers who are not 
afraid of the Devil, more that are willing 
to suff'er persecution, more who are will- 
ing to be called "cranks." V\'e who are 
in the work are ridiculed and called all 
sorts of mean names, but if God is for 
you. who can be against. you? "All that 
will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suff'er 
persecution" (2 Tim. 3:121. since Jesus 
is the sign spoken against. Luke 2:34. 
A\'e thank God, brethren, that your work 
is not in vain. The X. C. A. is opening 
the eyes of the blind for the reason that 
it shows men that the secret society is 
not in the Bible, as so many have been 
deceived into believing, but that it is a 
man-made organization. \\"hen some see 
that the lodges are not authorized in the 
Bible, they get out of them at once. 

I have visited five towns in Tennessee, 
viz.. Xewbern, ^lemphis. ^lilan. Tren- 
ton and Bramville. and the following 
eleven towns in Arkansas : ' Mariana. 
Mncent. Crawfordsville. Forest City, 
Brinkley. Little Rock. Argenta. Hot 
Springs. Conway, INIalvern. Dumas and 
Tama. Tama is only a small station in 
the Arkansas river bottom where there 
are thousands of acres in cotton. There, 
are so many colored people down there 
that it is called the black belt. Almost 
all of the colored people there are illit- 
erate and the educated lodge preachers, 
who care more for their lodges than they 
do for their God, make them slaves to 
the lodges. But when we come among 
them and teach the Bible they quickly ■^ee 
the mistake. They say. "\Ve knew the 
church was nearly dead but we did not 
know what was killing it." 

Peace be to the brethren and the love 
of God the Father and our Lord Jesus 
Christ be with you all. Pray much for 
me that I may endure hardness as a good 
soldier oi Jesus Christ. 
Yours for service. 

Lizzie Robersox. 


July, 1914. 


Your conimittee on memoirs would 
respectfully report. 

During- the year passed the remind- 
ers that our work here is but for a brief 
period have been frequent. To the list 
of our loved co-workers called to their 
eterrial reward, there are more than the 
u^ual additions. While we bow in sub- 
mission to the behest of Him ''who doeth 
all things well/" we record our loneli- 
ness in the loss of the loved who have 
toiled by our side in the other years and 
pray the Lord of the harvest to send 
forth new laborers that the work of our 
.Association receive the needed support. 

Rev. H. H. George, D. D., was one 
of God's noble men, a great leader in 
a great cause. His integrity of charac- 
ter led to his espousal of many unpopu- 
lar reforms in which he gave the 
strength of his great life. He served 
our Association in many ways, and we 
shall miss him much. 

Rev. M. A. Gault spent much of his 
eventful life as a worker in the reform 
field. As lecturer, as pastor, as editor 
of the Christian Cynosure, he proved 
himself efficient. 

Rev. K. Van Goor, a leading minister 
of the Christian Reformed Church, was 
very helpful in the work of our Asso- 
ciation. Naturally optimistic, he gave 
much of cheer to those associated with 

Rev. J. A. Ketts, also a minister in the 
Christian Reformed Church, was a kind- 
ly helper in our work. 

Rev. David S. Paris, through the 
many years of his long life gave support 
to our Association. He was a faith- 
ful pastor, beloved by the many to whom 
he ministered. 

Rev. C. D. Trumbull, D. D., was nat- 
i^rally of retiring disposition, but ever 
v.'illing to lend kindly aid to our efforts 
in the Iowa work. Perhaps no worker 
m that State will be missed more than he. 

Rev. Alexander Thomson, a beloved 
pastor of the Congregational Church, a 
former Director of our Association, and 
a man of unusual faith and zeal, has but 
recently been called to the better life. 

Mrs. Joseph Amick, wife of Joseph 
Amick. Director of our Association, sup- 
ported her husband in his efforts in our 

Mrs. Mary Rosenberger was an au- 
thor of note, a faithful member of the 
Brethren Church and a supporter of our 

Revs. P. G. Plsey and J. A. Black, D. 
D., were honored ministers in the Cov- 
enanter Church and helpers with us. 
Their lives were long and useful. 

Pdwin P. Sellew, a prominent minis- 
ter in the Priends Meeting, was a faith- 
ful contributor in time and money to our 

Mr. Pred Sprunger, a faithful mem- 
ber of the Mennonite Church at Berne, 
Indiana, is missed among our supporters 

Mr. Rufus Park was a most faithful 
worker in the cause in the state of Ne- 
braska, where he lived for many years. 
He was well known as a reformer. 

Rev. A. D. Zaraphonithes, as a stu- 
dent at Wheaton College, imbibed the 
antisecrecy principles, which he contin- 
ued to advocate through his eventful 

Rev. A. T. Jennings was a rare spirit, 
an able, consecrated Christian. As ed- 
itor of his denominational paper. The 
Wesleyan Methodist, he was widely 
known. In his death many reforms lose 
an able advocate. 

Mrs. Pllen Capwell joined her hu'^ 
band in his faithful testimony against 
the lodges, dying at the advanced age 
of 83 years. 


Mrs. H. a. Pischer. 
W. B. Rose. 

Personal work is the w^arp and woof of 
Christian activity ; therefore this impor- 
tant element of service has the largest 
place in the extension of Christ's King- 
dom, and every disciple of Jesus Christ 
is under obligation to engage in it. It 
does not necessarily involve the conver- 
sion of the person approached, but the 
attempt to win him, which is the ultimate 
object always in mind of the worker. 
The work itself consists in directing the 
attention of men to Him, and, with dis- 
cretion, urging them to accept the invita- 
tion of the gospel and order their lives 
by its teaching. — Henry Clay Trumbull. 

If you would feel good be good, for 
most people feel as they act. 

July. 1914. 



Denver, Colo., Feb. i8, 1914. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

Thank you very much for your letter 
and invitation to speak. I would be de- 
lighted to do so if I could only be there. 
I expect to be in a meeting in Kansas 
at that time. You have my hearty sup- 
port and prayers nevertheless. I am 
dead against lodges for Christian peo- 
ple. They are one of the greatest hin- 
drances in my work. I hope and pray 
that you will have a good meeting and 
do lots of good and get saved people out 
of these alliances with the world and the 
Devil. Pray for me in this great work. 
]\Iay the Lord bless you and your work. 
Yours in winning souls, 

A. J. FiTT. 

Evangelist, ]\Iethodist Episcopal Church. 

Whittle Springs, Tenn., }klay 12, 1914. 

We are, husband and myself, as much 
awake to the dangerous influence of or- 
ganized secrecy as we ever were. 

My father, the late Rev. Milton Smith, 
who was for thirty years a rninister of 
the Wesleyan ?^Iethodist church, was an 
earnest opponent of the whole system of 
organized oathbound secrecy. I once 
heard his uncle invite him to be made 
a Mason, assuring him it would not cost 
him a penny to go to the highest degree, 
and father replied. 'T have never be- 
lieved in the ^lasonic fraternity since 
they killed r^Iorgan." My father was a 
member of the first antimasonic conven- 
tion, the one held in Aurora, where the 
X. C. A. was first considered. 

(]\Irs.) ]VL\ry C. Baker. 

Upland. Ind., ]\Iay 20, 1914. 

It is with sincere regret that I must 
deny myself the satisfaction of attend- 
ing this Conference. ^ly presence is not 
necessary to its success, but it would in- 
dicate my interest in the work and my 
desire for the triumph of the principles 
for which the Association stands. 

For years it has been a strong con- 
viction with me that secret societies, with 
their worldly confonuity and their sacri- 
legious assumption of titles and rites be- 
longing by divine authority only to the 
Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, con- 
stitute one of the most potent antichris- 

tian forces in existence, depleting the 
Church of spiritual vitality and robbing 
it of the "tithes and ofiferings'' which 
are indispensable to the propagation of 
Christianity in the world. 

^linisters of the Gospel and members 
of the church, that should live separatea 
lives and be sanctified vessels, are blind 
to the fact that Christ has no concord 
with Belial and the temple of God no 
agreement with idols, and that by their 
membership in these orders they compro- 
mise the claims of Christ by unchristian 
vows and unholy practices. One of the 
strangest features of this blindness is 
that, in some instances at least, they 
justify this procedure by^^ the plea of in- 
fluence for Christ. I suspect that the 
plea is an afterthought; the original mo- 
tive being to gain prestige with men of 
the world and make sure of their pros- 
pects of their advancement in their pro- 
fession. Such a motive is utterly selfish 
and dishonoring to Christ. The plea that 
joining a lodge gives a minister, or Chris- 
tian, greater spiritual influence is as 
''baseless as the fabric of a dream." It 
is, moreover, as wicked as it is absurd 
because it contradicts the revealed will 
of God and assumes that Christian in- 
fluence can be attained by joining the 
world instead of renouncing it. 

A ministerial friend of mine.' a mem- 
ber of the masonic order, once said to 
me, ''I believe in joining anything that 
will help me influence men for Christ." 
I asked him, "How many ^Masons have 
you led to Christ on the score of your 
masonic influence?'' He was obliged to 
confess, not one. "Xo." I said, "instead 
of your helping them to Christ, your 
membership in the order confirms them 
in the delusion that ' ^^lasonry is suffi- 

?^Iav the blessing of God rest upon 
your deliberations and attend the work 
of the X'ational Christian Association. 
(Prof.) Xewtox Wrav. 

Ta^■lor Universitv. 

As I cannot be present. I take occa- 
sion to express my sincere regret and the 
prayer that the blessing of God may at- 
tend the Conference, whose work lies 
upon the hearty, or should do so. of all 
who stand for a wholehearted disciple- 
ship. (Rev.) Daxiel Bryant. 



Jwly, 1914. 

Sumner, Wash., May 5, 1914. 
I wish so much that I could attend the 
coming Convention but am too far away. 
I attended the X. C. A. meeting held in 
Tacoma last year and was much re- 
freshed. I have been opposed to secret- 
ism for many years. 

(]\Irs. ) Edith W. Kerr. 

Xew Sheffield, Pa.. April 30, 1914. 
The whisky curse is dying. We hope 
that secret societies are on ,the same road 
and will meet their doom. 

y. PURDY. 

Seattle. Wash., Alay 15, 1914. 
I would be very happy to be permit- 
ted to attend the Annual fleeting but 
distance forbids. We would love to have 
another X. C. A. Convention here. It 
is needed. 

(Rev.) W. O. Dinius. 

Clarinda, Iowa, April 2^] , 1914. 
T hope you \\>\\\ have a good Conven- 
tion and that our kind Heavenly Father 
will be with you, and the Spirit guide 
vou in all vour deliberations. 

(Mrs.) M. E. McKee. 

Grafton, Calif., May 8, 19 14. 

As my name is in the Cynosure wath 
others as one of the lecturers, I ought 
to make a report to the Annual Meeting. 
I have not been called upon to lecture 
any ; lately, however, I received a letter 
from a friend inquiring about a lecture. 
I replied that I w^as willing to give the 
lecture and would only require that my 
traveling expenses and entertainment be 
met. I also stated that I thought Cali- 
fornia ought to form an Association and 
do some concerted active w^ork in circu- 
lating literature, lecturing, etc. I do con- 
siderable to enlighten the ignorant around 
me concerning the evils of secretism, es- 
pecially Alasonry, both by giving out lit- 
erature and in conversation. I deal es- 
pecially with ministers. 

I believe the Lord will soon come. The 
prophesied signs of His coming are mul- 
tiplying. If the Apostles in their time 
spoke and wrote of the last times, how 
much more reason have we to look for 
and prepare ourselves for and labor dili- 
gently in what time is allotted to us be- 
fore He comes. I hope and pray God 

that this year's Annual Meeting may be 
the best, and bring the best results of 
any yet held by our Xational Christian 
Association, opposed to secret societies. 
(Rev.) p. Beck. 

Fayette, Ohio, April 27, 1914. 
I am sorry to say that my time is too 
much needed on the farm to attend the 
Convention. I wish you a successful 
gathering. ]\Iay it be such an one as 
the Lord only can make. 

OziAS X. Barnes. 

I thought it was only fair to myself 
that you should know why I, as one of 
your representatives, had not done any 
work this year. And yet, I ought not to 
say that I have done nothing, for I have- 
given testimony many times in that di- 
rection and have written several short 
articles, most of w^hich were published. 
I have one out now but do not know^ its. 

I thought the ^Masons had closed their 
doors forever in this towm, as there had 
been but few meetings in over tw^o years 
and their name had ceased to be men- 
tioned, when all at once, last September, 
new^ officers w^ere elected and they startd 
again. They surely got the right man 
for Worshipful Master. I never saw 
anything grow so fast as the lodge, which 
he has boomed. Every officer that was 
in before the present boom I flooded 
with antimasonic literature until they 
quit, and I thought the thing was dead 
in this tow^n, but Hiram Abiff still lives 
notwithstanding the odor. 

I wish I could attend the Annual Meet- 
ing this year, but duty calls elsewhere. 
I hope you will have a profitable time. 
My thoughts and prayers go out for the 
blessing of the Lord upon the work and 
His grace to strengthen the heart of 
everv worker. 

(Mrs.) F. H. Frink. 

[Mrs. Frink has been burdened with 
caring for the sick and comforting the 
sorrowing to such an extent during the 
entire year that it is a wonder that she 
has undertaken anything else. — Editor.] 

Little Rock. Ark., April 17, 1914. 
Dr. Blanchard's article on "Watchmen 
on Zion^s W^alls" is the real point and 
truth. Oh, how that thought ought to 

July, 1914. 



penetrate the heart of every preacher 
that is a Mason. I know that I have 
been the means of leading hundreds of 
Masons out of lodge bondage. One Bap- 
tist preacher, after reading ''Modern Se- 
cret Societies," was asked by me how 
it was that men, rational on any sul:)ject, 
could remain Masons, and he said, "Just 
for want of information." That book 
will lead them out if anything will. 

(Rev.) a. J. Millard. 

Fairmount, Ind., May 19, 1914. 
It is impossible for me to attend the 
Convention this year so I thought I 
would write you that I am still on the 
side of right and ever expect to be. The 
fact is, I am planning to write some more 
for the cause just as soon as I can get 
around to it. I want to write on the 
effect of lodges on business, society, 
ischools and politics and also on the 
antisecret churches and on the home and 
the marriage relation. I hope you will 
have a successful Convention. Give my 
regards to all the friends. 

(Rev.) Geo. A. Pegram. 

Buckeye, Wash., April 23, 1914. 
We would be glad to come to the Con- 
vention but our eyes and ears prevent 
us from seeing and hearing intelligently. 
We will do all we can, however, to help 
this Association, which we consider the 
most important in the world, and one 
which we feel sure the Lord will prosper 
and which we believe will, by His divine 
power and the faithful workers of the 
N. C. A., unite all the real true spiritual 
Gospel workers in one solid unconquer- 
able band, that, with the blessed Christ 
Jesus as Captain, will be able to expose 
these cunningly devised satanic religions. 
There is nothing in this world that fills 
my soul with such delight as to read of 
these noble, selfsacrificing workers. 
There is no heroism to be compared with 
that of these Spirit filled men and wom- 
en. I am thankful to give of my prayers 
and my means to this work. My daily 
prayer is that God will raise up Gospel 
workers all over this world and provide 
the means for carrying on this work. I 
am hoping, praying and believing that 
victory is coming. 

(Rev.) G. L. Coffin. 

Adams Center. N. Y.. April 21, 1914. 
I would much like to be with you in 
your Annual Meeting but it will be im- 
possible for me to do so. Y^ou will 
have my prayers for the success of the 
meeting and that great good may be done. 
I will be seventy-nine years old in a 
short time and my health is not good 
enough to take such a trip, much as I 
would like to. I am passing around 
among my neighbors the Cvncsure as 
fast as they come and also the literature 
you left with me. They read it and like 
it too. I hope to be able to do more this 

(Mrs.) T. C. WOODW^VRD. 

Sebring, Florida, Af)ril 29th, 19 14. 

I hope this will be the best meeting in 
every way that you have had in years. 
This southland, among the negroes, is 
cursed with all sorts of secret organiza- 
tions, and it is the blind leading the blind. 
I can only pray, and I know God an- 
swers prayers. We need His Holy Spirit. 

I am glad for the National Christian 
Association and for the work it is do- 
ing in opening the eyes of the blind and 
setting free many who are bound with 
chains stronger than iron. 

Amanda Smith. 

McFarland, California, May i'5th. 1914. 

I remember you in prayer daily for I 
think I have a very clear understanding 
of the hard battle you are waging. In 
January, last, I felt compelled to resign 
as superintendent of our ]\I. E. Sabl:)ath 
school because the pastor is an una- 
bashed Mason and consorts with lodge 
members and even those not members 
of the cliurch, and ignores his most 
spiritual members. He refuses to be en- 

I am suft'ering much in body but am 
trusting in Jesus my Savior, who says. 
"My grace is sufficient for thee." Halle- 
lujah ! I want to live for Him who kned 
mc and gave Flimself for me. I am fully 
ccn\inced that ]\[asonr}-. with all its 
minor oft'spring, is the mighty anti- 
Christ of the last days. "S'ou are fighting 
the liardc^t IxUtlc of all lime, I tliink. 
not excepting any. To my mind, Roman 
Catholicism is the ten horned beast, the 
apostate Protestant church is the two- 
horned beast, and the secret empire is 



July, 1914. 

the image of the beast. I can not con- 
ceive of a more complete and awful ful- 
filment of sin, except possibly in degree, 
than this. How wonderfully is President 
Blanchard filled with the Holy Spirit 
and enabled to strike the great enemy so 
many mighty blows ! His letter in the 
April Cynosure is especially strong and 

I can not be with you in the Conven- 
tion next week, but I am with you in 
spirit and am praying for you. 

Geo. W. Shealey. 

Alex, Okla., Alay 9th, 1914. 

The ''coming conflict" has opened here. 
The Devil ought to be satisfied with his 
work in this place. There are three 
churches without a pastor. There is one 
old Alasonic- preacher that the Devil 
must be ashamed to own. 

I have a few good friends among the 
]\Iasons but they will not listen to rea- 
son or sound doctrine. Those who are 
not ]\[asons are well pleased with the 
work I am doing. Several have had me 
send for the exposures and they want 
more Cynosures and tracts. The Lord 
is with me and I hope and pray that I 
may be able to do much good in this 
benighted field. I w^as intending to leave 
here soon and locate in Oklahoma, but 
owing to a little unpleasantness or threat 
from lodge men, I will stay indefinitely. 
Enclosed you will find a copy of a letter 
I received from the Masons. We know 
the parties who sent it and some of the 
leading citizens are up in arms about it. 
The ]\Iasons thought w^hen I received 
the letter I would skip across the country 
like a jack rabbit. They have found they 
can not scare me and they are now badly 
scared themselves. 

I thank the Lord that there are a few 
good people here. I fear no harm. 

J. L. Webster. 

Letters were received for the Annual 
Meeting from the following and probably 
others also, but which were mislaid or 
lost during the hurry of the meeting: 

Rev. P. Beck, Grafton, California. 

Rev. E. D. Bailey, D. D., Brooklyn, 
X. \\ 

Rev. Dan'l Bryant, Zion City, Bl. 

:\Irs. Alary Baker, Whittle Springs, 

Ozias N. Barnes, Fayette, Ohio. 

E. Brace (92 years old), Sawtelle, Gal. 

]Mrs. M. M. Burnap, LaGrande, Ore. 

Jas. Casebalt, Ironton, Ohio. 

N. S. Coleman, Peculiar, Mo. 

J. T. Cullor, Cullor, Ark. 

Wm. Dillon, D. D., Huntington, Lid. 

Moses Clemens, Ube, Ind. 

Rev. C. AL DeFoe, Tacoma, Wash. 

Rev. E. A. Dobberstein, ALchigan 
Gity, Ind. 

Rev. Frank D. Frazer, Portland, Ore. 

Rev. T. M. Slater, Seattle. Wash. 

Airs. F. H. Frink, Naples, X. Y. 

Rev. O. Erbe, Boose, Iowa. 

J. K. Graybill, Harvey, Illinois. 

Miss S. F. Hinman, Oberlin, Ohio. 

Rev. P. A. Hoekstra, Holland, Mich. 

Chas. A. Kellogg, Eldon, Mo. 

Rev. S. P. Lone, D. D., Alansfield, 

Rev. S. A. Alanwell, Rivers Junction, 

Eld. John Morrison, Chicago, Illinois. 

Airs. AI. E:. AIcKee, Glarinda, Iowa 

Rev. A. J. Alillard, Little Rock, Ark. 

J. Purdy, Xew Sheffield, Pa. 

I. C. Snaveley. Flora, Ind. 

H. C. Stephan, Orangeville, 111. 

Rev. G. G. Sterling, Eureka, 111. 

Airs. Jeanette (Alex) Thompson, 
Saugatuck, Mich. 

Rev. Clarence Weston, Harlan, Iowa. 

Mrs. Hedda Woncester. Rockford, 111. 

Rev. John Watterson, Fairfield, Iowa. 

Prof. Newton Wray, Upland, Ind. 

Mrs. Georgia A. Brown, Penokie, 

Rev. George AI, Robb, ^Almonte, Ont., 

Miss Rufina Fry, Ligonier, Ind. 

Rev. M. A. Kelsev, Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

J. L. Webster, Alex, Okla. 

Edith M. Kerr. Summer, W^ash. 

Geo. L. Coffin, Buckeye, Wash. 

Geo. Windle, ALt. Morris. 111. 

Mrs. Amanda Smith, Sebring. Fla. 

A. J. Loudenback, Glidden, la. 

Mrs. J. C. Woodward, Adams Center. 
N. Y. 

Rev. Geo. A. Pegram, Fairmount, Ind. 
(Box 279). 

Rev. S. L. Livingston, Ubee, Ind. 

Wm. Roller, Chicago. 

Rev. W. O. Dinins, Seattle, Wash. 

Milton W. Siemiller and Sisters, 
Blockton, la. 

Geo. W. Shealev, AIcFarland, Cal. 

July, 1914. 




0I|^ Cttnmtn^ Olnnflirt 



A Taste of Bad Medicine. 

"'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er, 
To try one desp'rnte med'cine more ; 
For where your case can be no worse, 
The desp'rat'st is the wiser cure!" 
Dr. Groves in his long years of prac- 
tice had given many doses of medicine, 
which to say the least, were not very pal- 
atable. Lately he had administered some 
remedies to "the ancient handmaid of 
religion," as Masonry is often boasting- 
ly called, which the aforesaid handmaid 
did not relish. Now it was Groves' time 
to taste a remedy which was prepared to 
cure him of an alleged disorder. 

The diagnosis of his case was report- 
ed in the Brandon Eagle by a corre- 
spondent in these words : 
We do not now declare that the motives 
of all of our citizens who are engaged in the 
foolish, useless and unholy war against the 
ancient and honorable institution of charity 
among iis are evil, but we do say the conduct 
of the leaders is damnable. Brandon, a year 
ago, was the most quiet and prosperous vil- 
lage in the state. The churches were flourish- 
ing, neighbors were at peace, business was 
good and everybody attended to his own af- 
fairs. Now ail is changed. Brandon is the 
worst and most quarrelsome place in the 
country. Churches have declined, neighbors 
will not speak to each other ; society is in a 
state of anarchy ; business is gone to other 
towns ; and the usual employment of many is 
prying into their neighbors secrets. 

This is the result of a few fanatics who in 
their mad opposition to secret societies 
brought here a public speaker who malicious- 
ly abused his betters, and set an example 
which others have followed. They have car- 
ried the war not only into society but also 
into politics, and now it is invading the 
churches. This opposition, carried on without 
reason, is the result of pure fanaticism, which, 
unless soon checked, will result in the danger- 
ous insanity at least of the fanatics who are 
leading the rabble in the warfare. 

A Peaceful Citizen. 

Edith hesitated about answering this 
as her father stiggested. It was not 
worthy of an answer. But to correct a 
false impression it might make on some 
in the stirrounding neighborhood she 
wrote as follows : 

Mr. Editor: Will you please insert in the 

next issue of your paper the following cor- 
rection of a communication published last 
week under the title of "Fanaticism?" 

I beg leave to differ with your correspond- 
ent in some particulars. I do not think our 
village has changed for the worse at all. Every 
church has grown a little in membership ; 
merchants report their sales a trifle larger 
than ever before; and society is not danger- 
ously disturbed. Our social gatherings are 
attended by those on both sides of the ques- 
tion which is occasionally discussed among us, 
and perhaps with too mxich personality on 
both sides. These neighbors are courteous 
and friendly to each other with scarcely an 
exception. There is some bad feeling in the 
community, but it is mostly or altogether 
among those who belong to the party of your 
correspondent. But he certainly errs when he 
charges the leaders in opposition to Masonry 
with fanaticism and evil contention. They 
have no quarrel with men, but are opposed to 
an institution which they believe to be wrong 
and dangerous. They do not condemn the 
members, but the laws, the principles and 
customs of the order. They believe for many 
reasons that Masonry is inconsistent with true 
morality, Christianity and republican govern- 
ment. By lectures, papers, and books they are 
trying to lead others to believe the same. Is 
that fanaticism? The speaker who introduced 
public discussion among us, and 'who is ac- 
cused of malicious abuse, was acknowledged 
by many of his opponents to be remarkably 
calm, kind and fair in his lecture, and says 
one of them, "In fact I rather admired the 
spirit of that man." He discussed a subject 
he had a right to discuss, and in a proper 
manner. But still the next morning after the 
lecture his friends were angrily accused of 
bringing to our town a liar and a disturber 
of the peace. The members of the craft were 
angry and seemed to wish to make it so dis- 
agreeable that another- speaker would not be 
secured; and then they blamed us for their 
anger without cause ! Then when all was 
ciuiet again, did not the Masons themselves 
bring up the subject and thrust it into politics 
bv making it an issue at the primary meeting? 
Why do they get angry and then turn around 
and accuse us of stirring up the strife wliich 
they have made and which thev magnify?' 

Perhaps some on our side have said and 
done thing? better to be left undone and un- 
said, but those are personal matters and have 
nothing to do with the question. This is a 
free country. We all have a right to declare 
our principles. I think, therefore, the best 
way to settle the matter is this: When we 
honestly differ let us speak and listen to each 
other without prejudice or malice. Let us 
candidlv examine this subject and reason 



July, 1914. 

together, but let us not defame the good name 
of our pleasant village or the leaders or fol- 
lowers on either side. 


Edith Groves. 

The article never appeared. It was 
considered incendiary and condemned to 
be burned. 

The village continued to prosper as 
before. But the fanatics, as the corre- 
spondent (evidently Dr. Slim) called 
them, grew no better. As Dr. Groves was 
the acknowledged leader among them, 
although he scarcely ever introduced the 
subject of Alasonry, his case was consid- 
ered the worst. In masonic love and 
charity some one wTote the following 
prescription, which he received through 
the post-office : 

For ***** Doct. Groves. 

You're a mad fanatick. You ot to be hung 
for 3-ore durty work. We hereby warn you 
never to open your big mouth, rite anuther 
line or get anuther speaker on Masonry. If 
you do you and yore family which are as 
bad as you must bare the consequencis. You 
must be cured. 

Drections: Read carefully everv morning 
before eatin'. Don't tell or show this to any 
one under greater penalty. 

Many Citizens, M. (a) D. 

This was written on a printed blank 
which could have been picked up at the 
drug store or any physician's office. 
Groves thought that it might be an idle 
threat designed to silence him. He wrote 
under it, ''Shame on the guilty coward 
who wrote the above, and who ought 
to blush when he reads it." Then he 
framed it, hung it in his office and 
w^atched the countenances of some, at 
least, who read it. But the author evi- 
dently did not enter. If written by a 
member of Brandon Lodge, the doctor 
believed, but did not whisper it, that it 
came from one or more of three persons, 
two of whom had been his personal 
friends and had considered themselves 
under special obligation to him, and the 
other was a relative. But the doctor did 
not believe that it came from the lodge 
at all, but that some of the boys of the 
village had found one of his blanks, filled 
it out and sent it to him for sport. 

About the time Groves had come to 
this conclusion, one evening Peter Hur- 
ley, an aged and respectable farmer who 
lived near Brandon, called at his office, 
and after getting a prescription for some 
member of his family, said somewhat 
abruptly : 

"Doctor, I have a little advice for you." 

*T am ready to hear it," answered the 

"Y^ou know I am a Mason. I am not 
enthusiastic, however. I have not been 
in the lodge for years. In fact, I wish 
there were none, and there are thousands 
of members just like me." said Mr. Hur- 

"What are your objections?" asked 

*'I am not a religious man and care 
nothing for your objections on that score. 
I claim, however, to be moral and re- 
spectable, and I can't stand it to asso- 
ciate with Dick, Tom and Harry of every 
class, and have them slapping me on the 
shoulder and calling me Brother. How 
do your Christians stand it when I 
can't ^" 

"Why don't you leave then?" asked 
Groves, who generally did as he pleased 
and thought right. 

"That's easier said than done," con- 
tinued the old man. "I care nothing for 
their friendship, but I don't want their 
ill will. You know I am a very prudent 
man. I think it is the best policy to say 
or do nothing against the lodge." 

"Are you afraid of it?" asked the doc- 
tor in surprise. 

"Yes, and no. I am not afraid that the 
lodge, assembled as such, will injure me^ 
but I fear some of its members should I 
oppose it. There are good men in the 
lodge. Doctor, who would not allow it to 
do anything injurious to a person or to 
interfere with politics or justice. But 
after the meetings, when the best men 
are gone, by the aid of sworn secrecy, 
many dark deeds are planned. This is 
why some good men defend Masonry. 
They do not know how the lodge is used. 
Evil things are planned and executed 
without their aid, counsel or knowledge. 
Then they can and do deny that Masonry 
does or will do many things which are 
done by members, and for which Ma- 
sonry is responsible. Their ignorant but 
honest denials and defense do the lodge 
more good than would their aid in the 
work. No, Doctor, I think I will stay 
where I am and act as I do ; and my ad- 
vice to you is to cease your work against 
the order, and that right soon. 

"Why so?" the doctor inquired. 

"Just because it will be better and 
safer for you," was the answer. 

July, 1914. 



"Oh, no danger, I guess," said the doc- 
tor laughing. 

"Don't you remember your experience 
at Megapolis?" 

"Yes, but my experience was away 
from home and not among acquaintances 
and friends,'' replied the doctor. 

"The city is not so far away but that 
you might have visitors from there 
sometime. But I will not argue with you. 
I don't often talk on the subject, and this 
is in confidence. I think more of you 
than of Alasonry, and as a friend I give 
you warning. Good-night." 

And the old man was gone. He 
thought himself very prudent. The doc- 
tor had long considered him timid and 
cowardly and so was not much alarmed 
by his warning. He resolved to w^ork 
a way. quietly as he believed was his right 
and duty. 

About a month after this conversation 
a boy was seen by a few very early in the 
morning pasting posters on the fences 
and sidewalks. They were notices of a 
public exposition of Freemasonry to be 
given on Monday, Tuesday and Wednes- 
day evenings by T. R. Martin, a seceding 
Mason of seven degrees, who would 
work out the first, second and third de- 
grees. The meeting w^as to be held in 
Brandon town hall, and the admission 
was free. 

This was more dreaded by IMasons 
than all else before. They denied that 
Martin could be believed. Some declared 
that he had never been a ^lason, and 
others said that he was a perjured villain. 
They showed their anger and spite in all 
their remarks. The next Monday eve- 
ning there w^as a special meeting of Bran- 
don Lodge, and after that, the members, 
probably in obedience to their masters, 
changed their conduct. They laughed 
loudly, if not heartily, and said that it 
was a good joke ; some imposter would 
come and give a burlesque performance 
without expecting it to be believed. They 
claimed they were glad of all opposition 
anyhow, for it only helped them. 

In a day or two the youngf bill-poster 
met John Sykes and said : "Jack, some- 
body gave me a quarter to tell him who 
gave me those bills, and I told him that 
you got them from Dr. Groves for me." 

" Tt's an ill wind that blows nobody 
good,' " said Jack. 

"1 was afraid the 'Anties' wouldn't 
like it," said the boy. 

"That's all right," said Jack. "But who 
was it?'' 

"I want to use both sides alike,'' said 
the boy with a rising- inflection, intending 
Jack to take a hint. 

"Eh !" said Jack, " 'what's to pay?"' " 

"The man paid me a quarter for what 
I told him — my usual price for such in- 
formation," said the boy, with an eye to 

" Ts the wool worth the clipping?'" 
asked Jack, eager to know, but laughing 
at the boy's cunning. 

"He took me round the corner and 
talked so low and 'spicious-like, I believe 
somethin' 's up,'' eari^stly answered the 
boy, not quite sure, however, that he 
understood the question. 

" 'The devil take the hindmost,' " said 
Jack handing out a quarter. 

The name was given by the young 
American, and Jack hastened to the doc- 
tor's office and found him alone. 

Jack exclaimed, as soon as he had 
thrown himself into a seat, " ']\Iore light 
from the east !' " 

"What have you heard now?" asked 
the doctor, seeing Jack's anxiety. 

He answ^ered, "Quoth Hudibras, T 
smell a rat.' " 

"What's up. Jack," asked the doctor. 

" 'Simon says, thumbs up,' " said Jack 

"Xow, Jack," said the doctor, "if you 
want me to listen, you must not talk that 
wav. What do you want to tell me?" 

"'Every why hath a wherefore,' eh?" 
" 'Wherefore will a man give his money 
for that which is not bread?'" asked 

"Owing to circumstances," answered 
Groves, who knew how to talk to the pe- 
culiar fellow. 

" 'Circumstances alter cases.' " 

"Yes, hurry up; what is the matter?" 

" 'Xo matter yet at all ; it's a fresh 
cut,' " said Jack. 

"\\>11, make haste. Tell me what viui 
have heard, quick." 

" 'The more haste the less speed,' " 
was the provoking response. 

"Did some one spend his money in a 
way that does not please you ?" asked 
the doctor. 

" 'Facts are stubborn things,' " an- 
swered Tack, noflding his head. 



July, 1914. 

"\Miat is the name of the person that 
has displeased you?" asked the doctor. 
"'What's in a name? That which we call a 

By any other name would smell as sweet.' " 

"Now, Jack, if you have anything to 
tell me speak to the point. Who has dis- 
pleased you ?" earnestly said the doctor, 
who had been convinced by Jack's man- 
ner that he knew something which might 
be important; "who has awakened your 

" 'Yond" Cassius has a lean and hungry look. 
He thinks too much; such men are danger- 
ous.' " 

''What ! Cassius Bowman, our grain 

'■ 'This is he of whom I spake,' " said 
Jack, who was often guilty, like many 
who have not his excuse, of an irrever- 
ent use of Scripture. 

''Why, he does not look like a bad 
man, Jack." 

" 'All's not gold that glitters,' " was 
the ready response of Jack. 

"But you must not suspect him. He 
would not hurt any one," the doctor an- 
swered sternly. 

" 'Actions speak louder than words,' " 
continued the young man. 

"Yes, sometimes; what did he do?" 
asked Groves, anxious to know, notwith- 
standing his reproving Jack for his sus- 

" 'The wish to know, that endless 
thirst,' moved him to pay the sum total 
of a quarter of a dollar of our dad's to 
learn who sent Bill on his mission last 

"Bill who?" asked the doctor before 
he thought. 

"Bill Poster," said Jack grinning and 
apologetically adding, " 'A man who 
could make so vile a pun would not scru- 
ple to pick a pocket.' " 

"Is it true that Cassius Bowman gave 
a quarter to learn who sent the boy out 
with the bills? Is he angry?" 

"'That he is mad, 'tis true; 'tis true 'tis pity. 
And pity 'tis 'tis true.' " 

"Well, what of it?" asked the doctor. 
" 'Discretion is the better part of 
valor.' " 

"O, I guess there is no danger coming 
soon. Don't be alarmed. Jack." 

" 'A prudent man foreseeth the evil and 
hideth himself,' " added the wise fool, 

rising to go. " 'I'll see you later.' Good- 
bye, darling." 

■'Good-bye Jack," said the doctor. 

Groves caught the idea the poor fellow 
intended to convey ; but still it hardly 
seemed possible that Masonry could turn 
his old friend against him so that he 
would wish to harm him. 

That afternoon a stranger called and 
asked if he could buy Cato. 

"Do you know him?" inquired Groves. 

"I have heard of him, and I want a 
good horse for my wife to drive in the 
city. Your horse is too old for your long, 
hard drives, and we will take good care 
of him till the day of his death," an- 
swered the stranger. 

"He is not very old, and has had sucli 
good care that he seems young. He will 
be good enough for several years yet." 

"I will give you two hundred dollars 
for him." 

''I don't want to sell." 

"I'll give you two hundred and fifty." 

"I'll not sell him at all." 

"Will you take three hundred?" 

"No, sir, money will not buy him. He 
was a present from a friend." 

"Is the donor your friend now? I 
should think in the circumstances you 
would want to get clear of him. Your 
'quondam' friend would consent to the 
sale," said the stranger with the assur- 
ance of one who knew all about it. 

"Are you acquainted with Mr. Bow- 
man?" the doctor asked. 

"Slightly," was the answer. 

"Did he tell you of the horse?" 


"Did he want you to buy him?" 

"Well — yes," came hesitatingly. 

"Why?" continued the doctor. 

"I do not care to give all the conver- 

"Does he want me to part with Cato ?" 

"I think so," answered the stranger, 
hoping this would influence the owner 
to sell. 

"Well, I'll not do it. The horse has not 
lost his love for me, nor I mine for him ; 
I'll keep him till he dies," firmly said 
Groves, thus settling the matter. 

That night about nine o'clock there was 
a call at the doctor's gate, "Hello !" 

Groves came out and responded, 

"Mishter Dochtor !" said a very fat 
man on a very lean gray horse. 

July, 1914. 



"\\'ell,, sir," spoke the doctor. 

''^lishter Dochtor ! Ish dot vou?" 


"Kommen Sie, to das gate." 

'All right, what will you have?" 

"Kommen Sie, to mine haus. Der 
beeples all be sick. Kommen Sie, quick.'' 

''What is the trouble? \\'ho are sick?" 

"Ah I dat little Hans is sehr krank. 
Hans cry und cry und can cry nicht 
more. Der poy lie still und schleep mit 
der eyes open white. Ah ! der poy ish so 

"Who else is sick? Any more?" 

"^'a, mine frau ish krank; hot. burn 
up, sick two, three day. Hans sick, und 
mine frau, she's gone fool, talk, talk all 
der time, no schleep." 

"Is she out of her head?" 

"Ya dat ish so !" 

"Where do you live?" inquired the 
doctor, seeing he must go. 

"In der country. Know Dick Porter?" 

"Yes, in the woods, about live miles 
down the river.'' 

"You shust go to Dick's haus, kom- 
men Sie der bridge ober, and turn der 
lane down, und — und go der brush in, 
und, und — ^lishter Dochtor. get your 
boss und kommen Sie mit me, quick. Lit- 
tle Hans be det, sure." 

The doctor sent for Cato and soon 
started with the frightened German. 
Hardly had they left when a stranger to 
Mrs. Groves called at the house and 
asked for the doctor. 

"He has just gone to the country, not 
half an hour ago," answered Airs. 

"When will he be home?" inquired the 
unknown man. 

"Probably about eleven." was the re- 

"I wanted him to make a call at my 

"Is some one sick?" asked ^^Frs. 

"Yes. my child is not well. \\'hich di- 
rection is the doctor. 

"Down the river." 

"Plow far? I live in that direction." 

"About five miles, near to ^Ir. Porter's, 
at a German's house. That is as near as 
I can tell you." 

"All rieht. I will find him and have 
him go with me a little farther." 

"\'erv well," said ^Irs. Groves, not no- 

ticing anything unusual, as messengers 
for a physician are often excited. 

Dr. Groves found little Hans and his 
mother quite sick and needing close at- 
tention. After giving the necessary di- 
rections, he left for home about halt past 
ten o'clock. The night was dark and 
cloudy. Xot an outline of the path could 
be seen. Put Groves was unconcerned 
about that. He had been out many dark 
nights. Cato would find the path safely 
enough. It was a lonely ride. He began 
to think of ^Ir. Hurley's warning, and 
of Jack's curious conversation, and of 
the note hanging in his office. He remem- 
bered that some of his old friends, with 
whom he had never had any personal dif- 
ficulty or a word of dispute on any ques- 
tion, had turned against him; but still he 
could not believe that they would do him 
any violence. Then he remembered his 
experience in IMegapolis. The words, 
"The city is not so far away but that you 
might have visitors from there some 
time," kept ringing in his ears. Riding 
alone through the woods on a dark night 
brought these things forcibly before his 
mind. But still he feared no great harm, 
especially that night, as no one but his 
wife knew where he was. 

He had passed Porter's place and 
reached a deep ravine about four miles 
from home and was feeling quite safe. 
when suddenly his reins were seized, his 
horse stopped, the light of a bull's-eye 
flashed in his face, a revolver pointed at 
his head and an open note handed him to 
read bv the dim light. It was : 

Dr. Groves — Sir: At the peril of your life 
sign the paper attached. 

I hereby promise and swear that I will 
write tomorrow morning and cancel the en- 
gagement with T. R. Martin to lecture in 
Brandon, assigning no 'reason ; and that I will 
cease mv warfare against Freemasonry : and 
furthermore I promise and swear that I will 
never disclose, speak, write or hint of or in 
anv way reveal these events. So help mc God. 

Xear' Braxdox Sept. 19, 18 

He could not see a face or form. It 
was too dark to see anything excepting 
where there was a small gleam of light 
from the lantern. Causing his horse to 
move a little, he discovered by the sound 
that there were three men — two standing 
and holding the reins, one on his ri2:hl 
and the other on his left, and the third 
on a horse almost in front of him. Once, 
bv the movins: of the lantern he caught 



July. 1914. 

a glimpse of a mask. Evidently they 
were in earnest. 

** Gentlemen," slowly spoke Groves, 
"will you let go of my horse and allow 
me to proceed?" 

"You villain, sign that paper," an- 
swered a voice which Groves could not 

*T do not wish to do so," coolly said 
the doctor. 

"But you must and shall," was the de- 

'*By what authority do yOu attempt to 
compel me?" 

"By the authority of a righteous cause 
we demand your signature at once," said 
the same strange voice. 

"But I have no pencil with me," said 
the doctor, calmly. With such odds 
against him who would not sign a paper 
like that? ''All that a man hath will he 
give for his life. 

"Here is an indelible pencil," quickly 
added the spokesman of the party, who 
talked in a nervous, jerky manner, and 
whose voice had a peculiar huskiness, and 
a very slight foreign accent. 

''But who are you?" inquired Groves. 

"Strangers to you, and none of your 
business," was the reply in the same 
voice, which evidently was not disguised. 

"I should like very much to know to 
whom I am under such peculiar obliga- 
tions," the doctor answered. 

"Sir, in three minutes sign that paper 
or die like a dog ; now not another word." 
(To be continued.) 



If ^Masonic publications were more 
generally read by Freemasons as well as 
those who are opposed to Freemasonry, 
it would, I think, be helpful to all Chris- 
tian people. One finds a great deal of 
ignorance in these publications, but along 
with this a certain amount of truth, and 
in the mixture of truth and error, the evil 
character of the organization continually 
shines out. Of course, godless men do 
not discern the iniquity, being religiously 
blind as they are, of course they cannot. 

One of our speakers. Rev. E. D. 
Bailev of Brooklvn, in our recent con- 

vention mentioned the fact that many 
men could see the impropriety of spend- 
ing on lodges time and money which be- 
long to families or churches, but could 
not see the deadly spiritual character of 
an organization which excludes Jesus 
Christ and sets up a pagan altar in a 
Christian land. There is no doubt but 
that he was quite right in this matter. 
Prove to such a person that Freemasonry 
is a Christless religion and he says, 
"Well, what of that?" Show him that 
the creed, prayers, even the use of the 
Bible itself are constructed on a com- 
pletely anti-Christian plan and he, not 
being a Christian and not being able to 
see things as they really are, feels that it 
is a matter of very small importance and 
wonders that anyone could make a fuss 
about it. 

In a recent number of The American 
Freemason there is an article by Air. Paul 
Cams in which the following words are 
found: "In distinction from modern 
guilds these ^Medieval fraternities insisted 
on various rules of good conduct; they 
excluded no worthy man from becoming 
a member, and kept up an esprit de corps 
in accordance with the times, introducing 
into their by-laws a decided religious ele- 
ment. The liberalism of this religious 
element became the seed of modern Free- 
masonry. Since their religious aspira- 
tions were not determined by dogma but 
by guild teaching and charity in matters 
of conscience, they became so important 
that the original trade interests became of 
secondary consequence. '^' '^ '^' Reference 
to the Masonic trade then became merely 
symbolical and the religious spirit alone 
was dominant." 

A drunken, profane, unclean Freema- 
son, even an irreligious one, will read 
these words and they will produce little 
or no impression upon his mind. He will 
assent to them in a careless unthinking 
manner. But the religious character of 
the organization will all the time be af- 

July. 1914. 



feeling his spiritual nature. He will un- 
consciously receive the impression that 
his lodge is his church. When questioned 
regarding the matter, he will say this 
without hesitation and will curse and 
swear while he is doing so. I am not 
speaking here from theory but from ob- 
servation. There are few men who have 
studied the matter who will not be able to 
bear similar testimony for this is not a 
rare but a common thing among these un- 
fortunate men. 

Salvation by Conduct, Salvation by Cere- 

Is the ever recurring note in all sys- 
tems of this character. A\'hen speaking 
with you they usually express this 
thought by the term "living up." saying 
that if one "lives up"" to the teaching of 
his order, he will be as good as anybody 
needs to be. This is the deadly drop in 
the cup. If the Bible is true, no man is 
-aved by "liz'ing up" to anything. Saved 
men live as Christians, but they live thus 
because they are Christians. They do not 
become Christians by living thus. 

It seems marvelous that Christian min- 
isters can for a moment be deceived by 
such an organization. The office of a 
Christian minister is to preach salvation 
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 
How one who has accepted this responsi- 
bility can believe, that organizations 
which teach the possibility of salvation by 
"living up" to mere moral instructions, is 
an inexplicable mystery. C)ne dislikes to 
think of these men as spiritually blind, 
but certainly men who are spiritually en- 
lightened as Christians do not talk in this 

Morals Follow Faith. 

It is a sad fact, but one which is 
clearly evidenced that while salvation by 
faith in Christ conduces to holy living, 
the hope of salvation by character and 
ceremonies results in moral degradation ; 
and the worst part of the situation is that 
when the man, from the crown of his 
head to the sole of his feet, is full of 

"wounds, bruises, and putrii^Uig -ore-,"' 
he thinks himself to be an excellent man. 
Self-conceit, self -righteousness, vanity 
and pride always are associated with 
pagan faiths. Regalias, lordly titles and 
the entire outside of Masonry and similar 
organizations confirm this statement 
which every thoughtful man would know 
must be true from the nature of the case. 
Righteousness is attended by faith. ^len 
of unbelief live with little righteousness. 
Some are better than others. A godless 
man who is raised in a godly family or a 
godly community will not generally carry 
himself like the same s^rt of a man who 
is raised in a community of persons like 
himself, unbelievers. 

The toad that was squatted by the ear 
of Eve when touched by the spear of 
Ithuriel, llamed into a demon. ]^Ien do 
not know what spirit they are of unless 
they are of the Holy Spirit. It is the 
business of the god of this world to blind 
the eyes of those who do not believe. He 
leads the blind host to their certain and 
terrible doom. Jesus alone brought light, 
and immortality to light. \Mien one le- 
flects that added to the hundreds of 
millions of pagans in foreign lands we 
have millions of men being paganized in 
Christian lands it ought to send all 
thoughtful people to their knees. 
Two Million Men. 

The article from which I am quoting 
says that there are two millions of Free- 
masons in the world, half of them, or 
about that in the United States. All 
students of the subject, however, under- 
stand that the Odd Fellows, the Knights 
of Pvthias, the Modern Woodmen of 
America and the host of other like organ- 
izations are all constructed on the same 
plans and are doing the same deadly 

In this article, Dr Cams continuing 
savs. "In Freemasonry God is not a 
dogma but a symbol. ^ * * By its 
proposal to seek God, Freemasonry does 



July, 1914. 

not intend to spread a religious doctrine 
but it uses this symbol to gratify a moral 
idealism ^Wlich insists un a filling of re- 
sponsibilities and duties '^ * "^^ In 
this symbolism appealing to the soul's 
search after God which the lodge uses 
we have the proposal of a propaganda of 
a religious system of doctrine which al- 
ways leaves the interpretation to each in- 
dividual. ''' * * In this religion they 
hold that all men agree on a great body 
of truth no matter to what diversity in 
word conception they go." 

God Not a Dogma but a Symbol. 
Some of our readers will remember 
that a few years since when the Grand 
Orient of Paris w^as appealed to by cer- 
tain French Freemasons to abohsh the 
profession of faith in God, the Grand 
Orient replied that the word god might be 
defined by every brother according to 
his own belief : nature, force, or any oth- 
er term might possibly be used as an 
equivalent. This teaching is evidently in 
exact line w^ith that which we have 
quoted above. God is not a dogma, that 
is an article of religious belief, he is not 
a person conscious of our needs, in sym- 
pathy with us, able and willing to help, 
he is a symbol. Masonic religion is not 
the Christian religion. It is as another 
Masonic writer says, "The Universal re- 
ligion in which all men agree." This 
teaching is clearly brought out in a 
^Masonic hymn which v/e find printed for 
use among lodge men : 

'Tn one immortal throng we view 
Pagan and Christian. Greek and Jew. 
But all their doubt and darkness o'er 
One only God they now adore." 
Xo Christian needs to be told that this 
religion is different from the Christian 
faith. It would seem that no Christian 
man would need to be told that such a 
system is a deadly enemy to the cross of 
Jesus Christ. In this money mad, pleas- 
ure mad age when even in Christian 
lands it seems at times as if Christian 

faith were dead or dying, we have here a 
full explanation of the situation. With 
hundreds of thousands of lodges teach- 
ing millions of men and women that God 
is not a person and ruler but a piece of 
furniture, a symbol, that Christ is of no 
importance, the religion in which all men 
agree being what the world requires, that 
men may be saved by their good deeds 
and are saved thus, what could we ex- 
pect except the thing that we behold? 
Watchmen of the House of Israel. 

In this terrible time when the faith 
of many is waxing cold, when it seems 
at times as if all foundations of Christian 
character were going out, no man daring 
to trust his fellow, what is the duty of 
Christians regarding these organizations 
which teach that God is a symbol, that 
men are to be saved by character and 
ceremonies, that there is no need of a 
mediator between God and man, that 
men may bring the offering of Cain, 
corn, wine and oil and have it accepted? 
It would seem obvious that any man who 
has ever been really converted w^ould 
see that such a system was essentially 
devilish, that being anti-christian in the- 
ory it must certainly prove anti-christian 
in its workings ; that destroying men for 
the life to come, it must also ruin them 
for the life that now is. And one would 
judge that the hundred thousands of 
ministers of our country would every- 
where warn men not to fall into these 
traps, snares and pitfalls which lie along 
the paths. 

A Case in Point. 

One of our lecturers recently went 
into a town in Nebraska. He found the 
minister of the only church in town to 
be a member of the Masonic lodge, but 
apparently a really converted man. After 
the grounds of our opposition to secret 
societies were fairly stated and the min- 
ister had had time to turn them over in 
thought, he said to our representative : 
Beyond doubt what you say is true. Evi- 

July, 1914. 



dently PVeemasonry is no place for a 
Christian man. God helping me, I will 
never hereafter be found in that associa- 
tion. And he shortly thereafter publicly 
declared his assent to the teaching of our 
lecturer. I am not trying to quote his 
words, I did not hear them, but I re- 
port his conclusion and his action as well 
as I am able. Why is not this the in- 
stantaneous result in every case? Prob- 
ably because some ministers are slower in 
mental movement than others, some are 
not so brave as others, probably some are 
not converted men. But that all men re- 
ceiving the light should walk in the light 
is obvious. 

W'e should teach everywhere that those 
who have been connected with these or- 
ganizations should come out from among 
them and be separate; that if they do 
this, God w^ill receive them, will be a 
father unto them and they will be His 
sons and daughters. 

A Different Result. 

I had two letters recently from a dear 
ministerial friend. He is an adhering 
Freemason and is a decided advocate of 
the organization. He publicly advises 
his young men to unite with these or- 
ganizations. It is a great mystery ; I am 
not able to account for it at all. Some 
one had sent to him copies of certain 
articles which I had written and he 
assumed that they came from me. He 
was irritated and wrote me two letters 
complaining of what he supposed was 
my work. Of course I explained that I 
had never sent him any articles at all 
and therefore could not be held respon- 
sible but stated the argument for aban- 
doning the lodge as well as I could. He 
was very nice about the whole thing and 
in both of his letters showed a loving 
spirit which affected me. I love him very 
much. How in the world he can be 
where he is and do what he does, I can- 
not tell, but that is between him and 
God and he is not required to give ac- 

count to me. In each of these letters it 
was evident that he was thinking about 
the fact that many good men get tangled 
up in the lodges. It seems a shame that 
an organization in which good men have 
been tangled up should be considered 
pagan and devilish. Nevertheless every- 
body knows that this thing happens. 

There were many good men and 
women who held slaves, bought and sold 
them, lived on their unrequited labors 
and sent them to the whipping post when 
they were irritated. I remember two 
such people, members of the church, very 
lovely people, intellig^tnt, having been 
very wealthy, wealthy still and perfectly 
delightful until slavery was mentioned, 
when the demon hate of slavery seemed 
flashing on their faces. I could not un- 
derstand, I cannot understand now. I 
simply record the fact. How can good 
men drink whiskey ? They do ; they have 
known the misery ; they have seen the 
homes of drunkards, have known their 
miseries for years and yet they give their 
influence to the terrible business. How 
are we to account for it ? I do not think 
we can account for it. How can we ex- 
plain it? I do not think we can explain 
it. I think it is just a great big ugly fact 
that we have to acknowledge and regret 
and let go. But we arc bound to teach 
the truth. We have no right to see the 
souls of men destroyed without at least 
an effort to save them. God has made 
us watchmen to the house of Israel and 
we should "hear the word at His mouth" 
and give men "warning from Him." li 
we do this and they listen, we may help to 
save them. If we do this and they do not 
listen, they will be destroyed but we shall 
not be guilty of their deaths. This will 
be a wonderful thing to be free from re- 
sponsibility for the ruin of human souls. 

The fact is that the arginnent on the 
lodge question is concluded. The lodge 
system as a philosophy i< dead, it remains 
only as a disposition. To quote not the 



Tulv, 1914. 

words but the thotight of Dr. Bowne on 
the stibject of atheism, men now do not 
join the lodges because they think them 
right, that is, tliey do not do this if they 
have read the discussion. They join them 
because they want something. This writer 
from whom I have been quoting says : 
"This religion of upbuilding mankind and 
of constructive righteousness appears to 
Freemasons to be the most efficacious 
leaven of true brother]iness." See how 
he talks about the "most efficacious reli- 
gion," "the religion of true brotherli- 
ness." Men who write in this fashion 
care nothing about the Church of Jesus 
Christ, why should they? They have 
what is better, "a religion of true broth- 
erliness.'' "a universal religion in which 
all men agree." In this region they will 
admit that even the grand lodge lecturers 
are so profane and obscene in their 
language that an organization has been 
formed to produce a change. Certainly 
the change is needed but how are men 
to get it if they have a Christies s religion 
to start with. The simple fact is 'that if 
Freemasonry is ever to become lit for 
Christian men-, it must be absolutely made 
over. Its secrecy must be abolished and 
its meetings open, its membership must 
be made free to men, women and chil- 
dren who are decent folk and wish to 
unite. Its so-called "universal religion" 
must be dropped and Christ must be 
taken on. Its oaths, its penalties must 
be abolished. How can a Christian man 
swear not to commit adultery with the 
wives, mothers and sisters of a certain 
class of men, being free to live as he 
wills regarding the rest of the human 
race? Unless we knew that Christian min- 
isters had taken this obligation and jus- 
tified it, it would seem incredible, it ought 
to be incredible. 

The sun worship of Baalism of the or- 
der must be dropped. Paganism is bad. 
And Baalism is one of the worst kinds 
of paganism, for Baalism is the worship 

of nature and in nature the worship of 
reproductive power and this has given us 
the miserable Phallic worship of which 
Freemasonry is a lineal descendant as to 
spirit, though of course there is no organ- 
ic relations between it and the old Baal 

When I was speaking in Chicago re- 
cently on the subject of Phallic worship 
and mentioned the fact that indecent em- 
blems were prominently displayed upon 
temples for public sight and worship, a 
missionary present said. "I have seen 
dozens of those things in India." The 
lodges are doing the same things here. 
The Grand Master represents the sun, 
the Senior Warden represents the sun 
and the junior Warden represents the 
sun a third time and lodge brethren are 
all of them sons of light. 

Of course most of the lodge men do 
not know anything about the real mean- 
ing of Baalism, of sun worship, but those 
who do know, know how unspeakably 
loathsome and nauseating it is. The fact 
is, we have come to the time when lodges 
ought to change. I mean radically. They 
are changing some, bur the changes are 
not sufficiently radical. They are build- 
ing hospitals and homes, they are start- 
ing schools, they are having lectures of 
improving sorts, they are cutting loose 
from some of the obscene portions of the 
ritual, but the whole thing needs to be 
wiped out and a new era should begin. 
All Christian members of lodges ought 
to insist that there should be action in 
all directions. All secrecy, obligations, 
murderous penalties, and Baalism should 
be dropped or all decent men ought to 
come out cv. masse as they did in the 
]^ [organ time, not by scores but by hun- 
dreds of thousands. Really we have 
reached the time when Christian men and 
decent men who are not Christians ought 
to insist that the thing be either ''mended 
or ended." 

Jnly, 1914. 




The Church Versus the Lodge. 

The Church is that visihle body of 
the professors of Christ united together 
for Christian growth and for the service 
of mankind. It consists of the various 
bodies of Christians holding to the faith 
of the Gospel. 

The LoiHi!-: is that organized system 
of oath-bound secrecy composed of men 
united together for personal i)rofit and 
for the purpose of serving its members. 
It consists of the numerous orders, wiiich 
taken together, form the empire of se- 

The Church was ordained by Jesus 
Christ, who acts as its head, who desires 
to be its life, who calls its faithful mem- 
bers out of sin and redeems them unto 
God. Paul says that God "gave Him to 
be head over all things to the church." 
Eph. 1 :22. 

The Lodge was formed by men, who 
act as its head, who constitute its life 
and establish its laws. Mackeys says : 
"The power of a Master in the lodge is 
absolute. * * "^ For )t no misdemeanor 
can he be tried by his lodge * -^ * and 
his commands must be implicitly obeyed." 
Mackey's Lexicon, Article on "Master of 

a Lodge. 


The Church has as its textbook the 
Bible, which is a divine revelation of 
God's will to man. It reveals the plan of 
man's salvation and contains the rules 
for his daily conduct. ''All scripture is 
given by inspiration of God ^ * * that 
the man of God may be perfect, thor- 
oughly furnished unto all good works." 
I Tim. 3 :i6, 17. 

The Church is a religious institu- 
tion. It worships and serves the Three- 
One God. Its religion is the Christian 
Religion. Christ is its center and its life. 
It is the religion that saves men from 
sin and eternal death and brings them 
into possession of eternal life. It rescues 
from the midnight depths of misery to 
the noonday heights of glory. It is of- 
fered not to the few but to the many. 

The conditions of salvation are faith 
in Christ, repentance for sin, and obedi- 
ence to the Gospel. There is no other 
way. "For there is none other name un- 
der heaven given among men whereby 
we must be saved." Acts 4:12. 

The Lodge has for its textbook cer- 
tain writings of men; such as Alackey's 
Lexicon of Free Masonry, Chase's Di- 
gest of Masonic Law, Webb's Free Ma- 
son's Monitor, Gross's ^Manual of Odd 
Fellowship and such other writings as 
recognized leaders have produced, in- 
cluding the "Book of Constitutions'' 
which, says Mackey, "is a summary of all 
the fundamental principles of ]\I;isonry." 
— Mackey's Lexicon, page 63. 

The Lodge is also a religious insti- 
tution. This it claims for itself. ^Nlackey 
in his article on religion, says : "The re- 
igion of Masonry is pure theism." The 

This is the true religion. 

The influence of the 

lodge has an altar, a creed, a ritual, and 
a burial ceremony. These are used in 

It is a Christless religion. Christ's name 
is expunged from its scripture and ex- 
cluded from its worship. It professes to 
save men, but without faith, without re- 
pentance, without Christ. 

Mackey's Ritualist, page 2t^ says. "Ini- 
tiation is, as it were, a death to the world, 
and a resurrection to a new life." Again 
on page 39, "The speculative Mason is 
engaged in the construction of a spiritual 
temple fit for the dwelling place of him 
who is the author of purity. 

This is a false religion. 
Church is The Lodge opposes the light. Its 

compared to the light. Christ says, "Ye business 


transacted behind closed 



July, 1914. 

are the light of the world. A city that 
is set on a hill cannot be hid." Christian- 

it}' is the great world system of light. It 
has nothing to conceal from the whole 
wide world. Its business is to diffuse the 
light. Jesus says, "In secret have I said 
nothing." '"Xeither do men light a candle 
and put it under a bushel but on a candle 
stick, and it giveth light unto all that are 
in the house." Matt 5 :i4. 

The object of the Church is to lead 
men out of the bondage of sin and bring 
them into the "glorious liberty of the sons 
of God." Philips Brooks says that "Lib- 
erty is the fullest opportunity for man to 
be and do the very best that is possible 
for him." Christianity gives to men the 
liberty to speak against sin and to refuse 
to do wrong. The greatest liberty in the 
world is found in the Bible. It is the 
ladder by which we can climb to our 
highest possibility. The Psalmist said, 
"I will walk at liberty, for I seek thy 
precepts." Ps. 119 :45. 

doors. No person can enter who has not 
taken an oath to "forever conceal and 
never reveal" the secrets of the lodge. 
This is an institution of darkness. Christ 
says that men "loved darkness rather 
than light, because their deeds are evil." 
God says "Have no fellowship with the 
unfruitful works of darkness but rather 
reprove them. For it is a shame even to 
speak of those things which are done of 
them in secret. 

Enh. 5:11, 12. 

The Lodge would curtail the liberty 
of its members. Two things the candidate 
must swear : one is to conceal, the other 
is to obey. Should he learn that sin is 
there, he has foresworn himself 
never to reveal it. He is deprived of his 
liberty to speak against that sin. Should 
he be asked to do something wrong, he 
has already bound himself to obey. 
3.1ackey in his article on obedience says, 
"The spirit of obedience runs through 
the whole system and constitutes one of 
the greatest safeguards of our institu- 

The Cpiurcpi is founded on charity. 
Jesus went about continually doing good. 
He ministered to all classes of need. He 
rejected no one because of age, rank or 
condition. The greater their need the 
greater was His readiness to help. He 
gave them His best without money and 
without price. 

The Church throws open her portals. 
The poor, the aged, the blind and the halt 
are graciously invited. "Whosoever will 
may come." "Pure religion and undefiled 
before God and the Father is this, to 
visit the fatherless and the widows in 
their affliction and to keep himself un- 
spotted from the world." Jas. i -.27. 


The Lodge also claims to be a char- 
itable institution. Mackey says, "Charity 
is the chief corner stone of our temple." 
Yet those who are likely to need any help 
cannot come in. The aged, the infirm, the 
cripple need not apply. The greater their 
need the less are their chances for aid. 
Help is promised only to members and 
none will be taken as members except 
those who seem able to take care for 
themselves. When a member becomes 
sick or dies, help may be given to him or 
his widow provided only his standing is 
good and his dues are paid in full. In- 
surance societies do the same, but they 
call it business. 


The Fruits of the Church are seen 
in the lives of its members. Here we 
find a mighty army of consecrated up- 
right souls who are marching trium- 
phantly to glory — young men and wom- 
en who go to the ends of the earth to 
carry the Gospel tidings to the perishing. 
Middle aged men and women who would 
lay down their lives in defense of the 
Gospel. Old men and women, ripened 
saints of God who live in joyful antici- 
pations of that eternal fellowship with 
the Blessed Christ. Upon the life of 
everv consecrated member of Christ's 

The fruits of the Lodge are also 
seen in the lives of its members. It, too, 
has its army of men marching onward — 
but whither? That it has its moral men 
we will not deny. But here is a rival re- 
ligion ! Its members who are faithful to 
its teachings see little need for the 
church. If a man can be saved in the 
lodge, why surrender to Christ? The 
sad fruitage of the system is seen in that 
thousands of men are satisfied in the 
lodge. They have no interest in Christ 
and no care for the Church. These will 
be among the disappointed hosts who 

July, 1914. 



church will be found the fruits of "love, expect to enter into life, having never 
joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, known Him whom to know is life. '"He 
goodness, faith, meekness and temper- that hath not the Son of God hath not 
ance." *'Bv their fruits ye shall know life." I. John 5 :i2. 


"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers ; for what fellowship 
hath rightenousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with 
darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that be- 
lieveth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? 
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said I will dwell in them; 
and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; 
and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and 
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor. 6:14-18. — 1 he Christian Xatioii. 


It is said that petitions with the names 
of half a million of signers have been 
sent to President Wilson, pleading for 
the exercise of executive clemency in 
the case of the nineteen labor leaders 
who were convicted and sentenced in the 
dynamite trials, so that they will not have 
to surrender themselves to the warden of 
the Federal prison at Leavensworth, 
Kansas, by the middle of June. The 
crimes of Avhich these nineteen men were 
found guilty, after all the machinery of 
the law had been employed in their be- 
half to escape punishment, are described 
in a single paragraph of an Associated 
Press dispatch as follows : 

"The history of the dynamiting cases 
dates back to August 10, 1905, when the 
International Association of Bridge and 
vStrucrural Iron W^orkers declared a 
strike against the American Bridge Com- 
pany. Bridges and buildings erected by 
'open shop' concerns were dynamited. 
There were nearly 100 instances of such 
violence previous to 191 1." 

The Christian Herald remarks: "It 
remains to be seen whether the Presi- 
dent will take the view that crimes of 
such character and magnitude should be 
condoned. Such a course, to many minds 
would seem like an absolute travesty of 


A missionary in China writes for our 
tracts that he may do needed missionary 
work — not in China but Pennsylvania ! 

"The Lord called me to China to work 
among this heathen nation but I have 

v.'ork to do at home ( Pennsylvania) 
among friends and loved ones v;ho are 
going to Christless graves and some who 
put secret societies before their Lord. 
Pray that the Lord may get glory from 
the tracts and messages I send home." 
George E; Taylor, 
Changsha, Hunan Prov., China. 

A woman writes from Semaphore, 
South Australia, in reference to ^lodern 
Secret Societies and other literature 
which she orders : "I shall be sending 
a larger order soon, as several of m\ 
friends want one." 

A teacher in Euphrata College. Har- 
poot, Turkey, sends for "Finney on ]\la- 
sonry" and other literature and writes : 

"I am much interested in IMasonrv. 
There is a lodge here. It seems to me 
to be a very dangerous Order. I would 
be very glad to have the Citristtax 


It took six weeks for an order for lit- 
erature to reach us from Toise River. 
South Africa. The writer says: Last 
week I was loaned a tract, "The Wor- 
ship of Secret Societies Oft'ercd to 
Satan," by President Blanchard. 

I shall be greatly {^leased if you will 
send me a dozen of these tracts and list 
of books and tracts kept by you. 

This land is smitten with a twofold 
heathenism — the uncivilized and the 
civilized, or heath.enism under broad- 



Tulv, 1914. 


We were pleasantly surprised and very 
greatly pleaded to receive a call from 
the President of the Oregon Christian 
Association. Rev. Frank D. Frazer, and 
also from Rev. C. G. Sterling;, well 
known to some of our workers both in 
I\Iichio-an and Wisconsin. 

Information is desired as to the object 
and character of the United Aid of For- 
esters. If there is such an organization, 
has it a Chaplain and printed prayers and 
burial services ' 


Resolved. That we view with disap- 
probation the many encroachments of 
the Lodge upon our social and religious 
life, and declare the promiscuous union 
of the people of God with organ- 
izations that are essentiallv unchris- 
tian in character as a menace to 
the church, and the spiritual safe- 
tv of those so allied. A christian can- 
not abide in the fellowship of the heaven- 
Iv Savior and at the same time identify 
himself with those who delight in danc- 
ing and rcA'clling. — From Minutes March 
23 to 28. 1899. 


The following denominations are com- 
mitted by vote of their legislative assem- 
blies, or by constitution, to the exclusion 
of Freemasons from church member- 
ship : United Presbyterian. Radical Uni- 
ted Brethren, Seventh-Day Adventists, 
Christian Reformed Church, Primitive 
Baptists. Seventh-Day Baptists, Scandin- 
avian Baptists, Church of the Brethren. 
Friends. Xorwegian Lutherans. Danish 
Lutherans. Swedish Lutherans. German 
Lutherans of Synodical Conference and 
General Council. ]\Iennonites. ^lora- 
vians, Plymouth Brethren. Associate 
Presbyterians, Reformed Presbyterians, 
Free ^Iethodists. Wesleyan ^lethodists, 
Hollanders of the Reformed Church, 
The Pentecostal Church of the Xaz- 
arenes and the Wesleyan ]\Iethodist So- 

"The Other Side of Socialism" is a lit- 
tle book of 164 pages of which twenty- 
four are devoted to index and the re- 

mainder is largely occupied with quota- 
tions from the writings of representative 
socialists with a few excerpts from 
Christian writers and comments by the 
author. Rev. T. O. Tolo. Its subtitle is 
'■^lodern Socialism, as defined by its 
founders and chief promoters, versus the 
Bible, human experience and common 

From passages quoted it appears that 
socialism, is defined by its recognized ex- 
ponents as "Atheistic Humanism" and 
"embodies all that has been vital in re- 
ligion." It repudiates the Scripture ac- 
count of creation of which "natural 
science has made a myth" so that "there 
is nothing left for Deity to do" : it re- 
nounces the God of creation and de- 
nounces Him as "a precocious and abom- 
inable person — we have no use for 
Him" : it rejects Christianity as revealed 
to us in the Bible because it presupposes 
miracles — Christ's conception, birth, res- 
urrection and ascension ; it declares that 
"there exists no future life" and for this 
life "under socialism there will be no 
morality" : it boldly advocates free love, 
avowing "love is the only recognized 
marriage in socialism. Consequently no 
bonds of any kind would be recognized." 

It seems scarcely needful to add a 
A\-ord in support of the statement made 
by one claiming to be a "recognized and 
authorized organizer of the Socialist 
party" as follows : "The Church will find 
in us its mortal enemy "^^ ^ ^ Christian- 
ity with its superstition must be lowered 
to the bottom of the sea before the work- 
ers will be emancipated >;< ^ ^ a Chris- 
tian cannot be a socialist and a socialist 
cannot believe in Christ and God. One 
is not surprised to read that "^larx. La- 
Salle and Engels. among earlier social- 
ists, ]\Iorris. Bax. Hyndman and Bebel, 
among present day socialists, are all more 
or less avowed atheists, and what is true 
of the more notable men of the party is 
almost equally true of the rank and file 
the world over." 

We who love our Lord, believe His 
Word and obey His law, should certain- 
ly know something of this mortal foe of 
the Church, which is His body, lest, 
taken unawares, we give place to the 
Devil, where, forewarned, we might have 
successfully opposed him. Anyone desir- 
ing such knowledge will find Mr. Tolo's 
little book a valuable guide to' first hand 

July. J914. 



sources of information. Price 50 cents. 
Address, Rev. T. O. Tolo, Belgrade, 


Xext door to a new ^lasonic temple, 
a Sunday evening" audience filled the 
church ni which dedicatory exercises 
virtually began. They ended the next 
evening with a grand ball. A lawyer who 
was a grand master was nitroduced by 
the ]^Iasonic pastor of the church, who 
expressed his delight at the coming of 
the adjacent temple, declaring that both 
temple and church have '"the same end 
in view." He testitied, moreover, that 
the '"Masonic fraternity has done a great 
deal to wipe out religious lines." \Miy 
did he not say. simply, to wipe out true 
religion ? 


"They begin with prayer and end with 
dancing." said a good woman who soon 
found a Rebekah lodge no place for her. 
This tendency to mingle things sacred 
and things worldly, secular, or even 
wicked, appears to be one of the most 
pervasive of the secret system. ]\Iany a 
point which this woman had not seen 
glints in the light of her explosive epi- 
gram. Dancing and prayer, though typ- 
ical, are not the only things which 
through false combination make many a 
lodge a whited sepulchre. 


The cost in money and time of secur- 
ing new fraternit}- members has long 
been under discussion at Williams Col- 
lege, and the fraternitie^^ themselves have 
at length disapproved former methods. 
They have now made a new agreenient 
which limits rushing to one period last- 
ing' from dinner of the ^Monday before 
Thanksgiving to the evening of Thanks- 
giving day. and another period which 
must come later still. Twice between 
September ist and the ^londav before 

Thanksgiving, the fraternities may each 
entertain freshmen at dinner, but noth- 
ing more shall be done that resembles 

It is good to see this college fall into 
line. P^lanted near towering Grey lock, it 
seems always to have been an institution 
of wide, clear outlook. Here was erect- 
ed the first American observatory : from 
this college has gone forth the custom 
of making college scientific expeditions ; 
here, too, stands the Haystack iMonu- 
ment marking the birthplace of Amer- 
ican foreign missions. The president of 
Williams is a son of*President Garfield, 
who was a graduate, and a son-in-law of 
President AA'ilson is a member of the 
faculty. Xew ideas, new measures and 
new men still find here a natural home. 


C)ne of the more important things for 
an inquirer to learn if he would have 
clear ideas about Freemasonry, is the 
position in the system held by the Blue 
Lodge. Consisting of the first three de- 
grees, it comprises the whole of funda- 
mental and universal ^Masonry. It is in 
this lodge, alone, that personal member- 
ship begins ; here, too. it always remains, 
whether degrees beyond are taken or not. 
Hence, no one can be. at first, other than 
a Blue Lodge member : moreover, every 
one must afterward still remain in con- 
nection with the Blue Lodge during ev- 
ery moment of his ^lasonic existence. 
Expulsion from this lodge would auto- 
matically collapse membership in every 
other, for membership in any other de- 
pends on being a ^lason. 

It is evident, therefore, that a Knight 
Templar lodge cannot make ar.y man a 
^[ason. and that all other lodges of the 
York or American rite, together with all 
of the Scottish rite, are equally power- 
less to introduce any person into Free- 
masonry. Xot one among the whole 
multitude of them contains a sins^le mem- 



Tnlv. 1914. 

ber who was less than fully a ^lason be- 
fore he came in. Furthermore, as Dr. 
Blanchard remarked in the leading article 
of the magazine for June. "\'arious ]\Ia- 
sonic writers have spoken with an irri- 
tated contempt of the additions which 
have been foisted on the order by greedy, 
ambitious, vain and unscrupulous men." 
One writer, for example, has dubbed the 
Knights the "Clowns of ^lasonry." 


A meeting will be held in the lecture 
room of the ]\I. E. church at 2:30 p. m., 
Sunday. Tune 21st, for the purpose of 
discussing ways and means for the or- 
ganization of a Boy Scout brigade in 
]Mount ]\Iorris. All fathers, professional 
and business men and men who are in- 
terested in boy welfare are urged to at- 
tend. Secret societies are requested to 
send representatives. Your hearty co- 
operation is requested. 

At this meeting a council will be 
formed and an endeavor will be made 
to put the movement on a substantial 
foundation in our community. Tt is the 
purpose of the committee in charge to 
secure the service of a talker who is 
identihed with the Boy Scout movement 
and who will explain its objects and ac- 
complishments in detail. Remember the 
date and be there. 

Fraxk Glasgow, 


L. R. Spaldixg, 
C. O. Jerx. 
W. E Prugh, 


Two of the above named committee 
are ^^lasons and two are Odd Fellows 
and the relation of the other member to 
the lodge is unknown to our correspond- 
ent. Some of them, he says, very seldom 
attend church. 

The Boy Scout movement is an open 
one. Some things are learned which may 
be very useful to the boys. It is not a fit 
thing, however, to use the Lord's Day 
for v.-orking up a purely secular organ- 
ization. When lodge. men are the prime 
movers there is a suggestion of some 
other interest than that of the highest 
welfare of the boys being sought. 

gedrge bext. 

Reverend George Bent, sixth child of 
Samuel Brownhig Bent and Catherine 
Avery Bent, was born ]\Iarch 29. 1827, 
at ^liddlebury, \>rmont. After prepar- 
ing for college in Cincinnati, Ohio, he 
accompanied' his brother-in-law. Presi- 
dent Jonathan Blanchard. to Knox Col- 
lege, 'Galesburg, Illinois. After gradu- 
ating in 1849 he taught school at Brook- 
ville. Ind., and Richmond, Ky., for two 
vears and then prepared for the minis- 
try at Andover. ^lass. (1851-1852), and 
finished at Yale Universitv. He was 
ordained as an orthodox clergyman. Oc- 
tober 20, 1856. He preached in Dundee, 
111., Anoka, ^linn.. Lansing and Burr 
Oak, Iowa., Seneca, Kan.. Red Cloud, 
Loup City and Hazard, Nebraska. He 
was Judge of Loup County, Xebraska, 
where he had several farms and was 
prominent as a raiser of blooded stock. 
For seme time past he has made his 
home in Chica.eo with hi.; son. George 
P. Bent, the well known piano manufac- 
turer, where he died ^lay 25, 1914. His 
wife died in 1898. and his remains were 
taken to Hazard, Xebraska. and placeil 
by the side of those of his wife. 

He was for several vears a member 

July, 1914. 



of the Board of Directors of the Na- 
tional Christian Association, in which 
he took a deep interest and to the busi- 
ness of which he gave painstaking con- 
sideration. Mr. Bent was a liberal con- 
tributor to our work — his last contri- 
bution beine six hundred dollars. 

Mm$ of §nx Woxk 

During May we filled orders for books 
and tracts going to people in the follow- 
ing foreign countries : India, China, Tur- 
key in Asia, Union of South Africa and 
South Australia. 

The editor of the Cynosure, accom- 
panied President C. A. Blanchard, fra- 
ternal delegate of our Association to the 
General Synod of the Christian Re- 
formed Church. Our delegate was cor- 
dially welcomed. The reply to his greet- 
ing was made hy Rev. W. Stuart, Vice 
President of the Synod and the recently 
elected President of the National Chris- 
tian Association. It is always a great 
pleasure to meet with these earnest 
Christian brethren. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard was sent by the 
Association as our fraternal delegate to 
the meeting of the Reformed Church, at 
Asbury Park^ N. J., but was not re- 
ceived. "The committee decided unani- 
mously that the desired hearing could 
not be given as it did not appear that 
the matter in C[uestion required- any ac- 
tion of this body." 

We have heard that our fraternal del- 
egate to the United Presbyterian Gener- 
al Assembly was cordially received, and 
at the close of his address was heart- 
ily cheered. Delegates to several other 
bodies have not reported, but we hope 
to have something from them for the 
next number. 

Just think of it: The Magnanimous 
Supreme Ruler of the Iridescent Order 
of the Iris was arrested in New York 
City the other day and thrust into a hor- 
rid jail! There must be something awful- 
ly wrong with the laws when such things 
can be done to a man with such a lovely 
title. — Springfield (Mo.) Union. 


Rev. Adam Murrman, an ordained 
minister of the gospel, began work on 
June 6 in RuJo, Nebraska, a town of 
six or seven hundred inhabitants, situ- 
ated in the southeastern county of the 

The Methodist Episcopal pastor is the 
only minister, and his services are the 
only religious meetings on Sunday. 
There is a vacant church building be- 
longing to a Tloliness band of Christians. 

Rulo is known as a "wet'' town, and 
is lodge controlled, and a very good il- 
lustration of what happens to the high- 
est and spiritual interests of a town 
where the secret enipire is dominant. It 
hrst gets control of the church, rules it 
and then despises it and the people adopt 
the lodge estimate and finally "Ichabod'' 
is written over the church doors. 

It is said that for many years no pas- 
tor, unless a Mason, has been able to 
remain there for more than a year. A 
few lodge men as church members can 
secure this result in any town. The Rulo 
M. E. Church has a large stained g-ass 
window placed in it as a standing ndver- 
tisement of six lodges, the ^Masonic em- 
blems occupying the center of the win- 

Mr. Murrman was courteously re- 
ceived by the M. E. pastor. Rev. John 
Wesley Williams, who told him that he 
was a Mason and had been in the habit 
of attending the lodge and taking part 
in its ''work," but that he was in favor 
of free speech and would permit him tc 
speak on the special theme on Sabbath 
evening from his pulpit. Mr. Murrman 
also preached in the morning service 
from Romans i:i6, "I am not- ashamed 
V <" the gospel of Christ for it is the pow- 
er of God unto Salvation." It was not 
known in the town that he was a X. C. 
A. representative until the announce- 
ment for the Sunday evening service. 
The pastor took pains to obtain a good 
audience for the Sunday morning serv- 
ice and succeded in securing an -attend- 
ance of forty. Twice as many were 
present in the evening to hear why Chris- 
tians should oppose lodges. A notice 
was given of a cpntinuation of the them*^ 
on the street on Monday evening 

Mr. IMurrman writes: "The M. E. 
pastor went with me to see the mayor. 



July, 1914. 

and on our way we met the Worshipful 
Master and the Secretary of the Masonic 
lodge coming away from IMayor \'an 
X'alkenberg's home. The ^^layor at once 
asked me if I had ever been a member 
of a lodge. I told him I had not. He 
replied, *You are asking for the privi- 
lege of talking on a subject about which 

vou know nothing 

He wanted to know 

whether it was true that I had said at 
the meeting the night before that ]\Ia- 
scnry was an unchristian institution. I 
assured him that it was true. 'No man." 
said he, 'can use the streets of Rulo for 
such a purpose.' He said that he was a 
2\Jason and that he knew that if a is 
a good IMason he is as good a Christian 
as any man in the church : and that a 
man needs nothing better than ^^lasonry 
for salvation. The ]\Iayor told the pas- 
tor that the lodge was, in many respects, 
better than the church." So generally 
have the people of Rulo adopted the 
lodge estimate of the church that it is 
said when an ice cream festival is given 
in the interests of the church, if it is to 
be a success, it must be held in some 
other place so universally is the church 

Mr. ]\Iurrman secured the Holiness 
church building for two meetings. The 
Worshipful ^Master, however, had pre- 
ceded him and endeavored to prevent 
the opening of that church. Honorable 
mention should be made of Mrs. ]\Iary 
E. Ratekin, to whom the opening of that 
church is especially due. Seven sub- 
scriptions to the Cynosure were secured. 
The attention of a number of good men, 
who are also lodge men, has been called 
to the evil principles of secretism, and 
they have taken the first step out of such 
an association. Such are asking, Why 
does the Masonic lodge omit the name 
of Christ'" 'Tf I had known this." said 
one, 'T never would have joined." "Why 
has no one ever come this way before 
with this information?" One man said 
he would withdraw from the lodge at 
once. Those that obey Gorl and conie 
out from among them will know wl at 
persecution is, and, in the enrl, what j'.v 
is. "]i we suffer, ve shall also rcigii 
with Him." (2 Tim. 2:12.) 

On Sabbath, June 15. Mr. 
spoke in the German Evangelical church, 
Falls City, to a fine congregation. Rev. 

]\I. C. Platz, the pastor, was very syni- 
pathetic and helpful and his congrega- 
tion and church is a strong contrast with 
the lodge controlled ■M. E. Church of 
Rulo. On the 21st of June our agent 
preached in The Brethren church of 
Falls City, Rev. A. J. Spacht, pastor. 
This church is the liberal ''Dunkard" 
church, which advises against the lodge, 
but does not forbid membership, and is 
not as free from lodge fellowship as the 
more radical church of the Brethren. 

Mr. Murrman writes : ''My last meet- 
ing in Rulo was the smallest owing to 
a heavy rain storm. There were fifteen 
men and one woman present. It being 
my first town in W. J. Bryan's state it 
was cjuite fitting that it should show a 
ratio of 16 to i." 


Ephrata, Pa., June 16, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

This writing finds me in a delightful 
part of the Keystone State. The Breth- 
ren, Mennonite and other churches in 
this section are very largely attended. 
In general they have been successful in 
keeping their young people from uniting 
with the lodges that, in the towns, push 
hard to secure them. A few have drift- 
ed away into the lodges and occasionally 
expulsion is necessary because of the 
foolish one who chooses lodge fellow- 
ship to that of the church. I am glad 
to find that the messages which I bring 
are helpful to those needing informa- 

I Jiave arranged a series of lectures 
that will occupy evenings to the last of 
this week in the large Brethren churches 
at Eititz, Ephrata, Manheim and Ean- 
cabter. Weather conditions thus far 
have been favorable and congregations 
have been large, which encourage us to 
expect great meetings in the days at 
hand. Twenty new subscribers were se- 
cured in one canvass yesterday. With 
the help of God, I believe much prog- 
ress will be made. 

At our annual meeting in Chicago last 
month there was a cheer and earnestness 
that means much for the future. The 
erh'-lment of brother Murrman and the 
promise of other needed heli)ers are 
hopeful signs to me. vSurely, with the 
bountiful harvest at hand, there should 

July, 1914. 



be a great contribution of funds to |)usb 
forward this greatly needed refc^rm. 

in response to the request of our 
Board of Directors I sought to carry 
our greetings to the Synod of the Re- 
fonned Church of North America, winch 
met at Asbury Park, N. J., on June 4th. 
Some of the brethren I met there I knew 
were friendly. The Committee on Cor- 
respondence refused to give me an op- 
portunity to present the greetings of the 
National Christian Association to the 
S3mod. I assured the committee tliat 
we came in a kindly Christian spirit and 
because of a desire to be helpful to the 
church. The remark made by one mem- 
ber of the committee, "Why, \ve have 
ministers who are Masons," will account 
for the .situation to those who know 
what Masonry is and does. The reason 
why Masons do not wish the truth re- 
garding their organization known to out- 
siders, is well known to readers of the 
Cynosure. Lodges can't live in the 
light. They cannot meet the arguments 
against them nor stand the discussion. 
What a pity that any Christian church 
should refuse the light of Christ on any 
subject. What is the object of a Chris- 
tian church if it is not to teach the truth ? 
I am sure that there were several at 
this Synod who felt grieved that the 
words of greeting from our Association 
were refused. The burning question 
with this denomination of how to get the 
one hundred and twenty men needed to 
fill their vacant pulpits, may be more 
quickly answered when it grants greater 
freedom to the truth. 

One Sabbath was spent with our Free 
Methodist friends at Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, and another with Mennonite 
friends at Bally, Pa. Addresses in both 
places were helpful to those wdio re- 
ceived the truth. It will soon be time 
for our midsummer conference in Ohio. 
Shall we hold it at Canton? and in July, 
or the fore part of August? If friends 
in this section of the state desire the 
Conference, please let me hear from you. 
These and other questions will have to 
be settled soon. 

Let us rejoice, look up and move for- 

Sincerely yours, 

W. B. Stodd.vrd. 


Beaumont, Texas, June 11, 1914. 
Dear Cynosl-kk : 

Although the physical condition of 
Mrs. Davidson has been such as to keep 
me much concerned, especially v/hen ab- 
sent from home, yet I rejoice in the Lord 
for His omnipresence. I have not been 
able to do as much traveling during 
the past month as I had hoped to do, 
but I have done some effective work 
for the Master. I conducted an eight- 
days' revival at Pickering, La., and as a 
result eight persons received baptism and 
two were reclaimed from sin. At Car-' 
son, La., one was saved, and in the 
Mount Olive Church, Leesville, La., I 
preached one sermon and five were 
saved. I paid two visits to Barham, La., 
and delivered two sermons and three lec- 
tures. I also attended a state conference 
and delivered two sermons and five lec- 
tures in Shreveport, La., in the Trinity 
Baptist, St. Alary's Baptist, St. Rest Bap- 
tist and the Holiness churches, where I 
reproved oath bound secrecy and showed 
its antichristian and unamerican spirit. 
I also made a number of house to house 
calls and privately discussed secrecy. 

I am here at Beaumont, Texas, attend- 
ing the National Baptist Sunday School 
Congress. There are about thirty-five 
hundred delegates, visitors and m'inisters 
in attendance from all parts of the coun- 
try. I have secured a number of 
Cynsoure readers and also have distrib- 
uted a number of antisecrecy tracts. I 
still undergo a tirade of lodge misrepre- 
sentation and persecution. The leaders 
of the meeting here are all lodge men. 
The Masonic, Oddfellows' and Ivnights 
of Pythias' pins are to be seen in e\-ery 
direction on both ministers and laymen. 
Some received the tracts joyfully and 
with thankfulness, while others with con- 
tempt, and still others refused them, but 
were courteous about it. You cannot 
calculate the amount of good that these 
silent but effecti\e workers — the Cvxo- 
SFRE and the antisecrecy tracts — arc do- 
ing in opening the eyes of the people to 
the wickedness of oathbound secret so- 
cieties. Beaumont is cursed with multi- 
tudes of secret societies, open saloons, 
gambling, Sunday baseball, theatres and 
all kinds of vice. 

I shall, in God's name, press onward in 
the fight. J earnestly ask the prayers of 



July, 1914. 

God's people for my work in the South. 
Both ^Irs. Davidson and I feel very 
grateful to the friends at the Annual 
^Meeting- for their generosity. 
Sincerely yours, 

F. J. Davidson. 
[^It. Davidson had two appointments 
for Sabbath, the 14th, and an opportu- 
nity to speak on Friday or Saturday be- 
fore the great Sunday School Congress 
with its thirty-five hundred delegates, 
but was called home to Leesville, La., by 
a letter declaring that his wife had been 
suddenly stricken and that his immedi- 
ate presence was demanded. When he 
arrived home he found that the letter 
was a lodge trick. His wife was found 
in her usual health, but he had missed 
three important engagements and was 
stopped in his tract distribution and per- 
sonal testimony. — Editor.] 


Argenta, Ark., June 11, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I am at home again but have been out 
on the field for a month. I taught Bible 
lessons at Tamo, Ark., for two weeks. 
It is a big farming country and thou- 
sands of bales of cotton are shipped out 
every year. Nearly all of the people are 
in the secret lodge. They have church 
services once a month. Their pastor 
has four churches and so has one Sun- 
day in each month for each church. The 
preacher is no better than his people. He, 
himself, does not know how to serve the 
Lord. He uses tobacco and drinks a 
little whisky and is in all the lodges. The 
educated lodge preacher tells his people 
to get into the secret societies and be 
somebody and they take his advice. They 
build a church with a lodge room over- 
head or. if the two are separate, the 
lodge hall is right beside the church. I 
distributed tracts and found that some 
few had given up the lodges because they 
had found out the rascality in them. A 
man and his wife died last fall and left 
five little children which the old grand- 
father takes care of. He has not re- 
ceived a dollar for those little ones, al- 
though the father and mother belonged 
to so many orders that their policies 
should have paid in $500.00 a month. 
One woman down there walks regularly 
twelve miles to her lodge and has not 

been to church but twice this year. She 
said, 'The church don't do anything for 
me. My lodge will give me a $75.00 
coffin and $150.00 when I die. The 
church don't amount to anything. The 
lodges have the day." And yet, when 
we can get these people to study the 
Bible lessons for a week or more, and 
then give them tracts, a good many are 
willing to give up the lodge. When the 
Word of God takes possession of a man, 
he is willing to give up all sin. We 
opened a good many eyes about lodges 
while at Tamo. 

At Dumos, Ark., I found a good many 
who had given up the lodge and they 
helped us fight them. I have written be- 
fore about a preacher in Dumos breaking 
up the lodge there. Those in them now 
are ashamed to^ own it. 

Leaving Dumos, we went to Gould, 
Ark. This little place is a hotbed of 
secret societies and is very sinful. They 
have had no church there until recently 
but they have had a lodge hall and a 
"blind tiger" where they could get all 
the whisky they wanted. We had no 
place for our meeting except the street 
and so we waited for the three o'clock 
train on Sunday, when we had a chance 
to reach all of the people. After the 
train left we began singing and every- 
body, white and black, stopped to listen, 
and the Lord used His servant to ex- 
pose secret societies and other sins. 
They took in the message and said, 
''God's Word is right." We showed the 
people that God did not want them 
yoked up with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14). 
Some of them said, "We have been con- 
verted but we see now that we are not 
doing what the Bible tells us to do, for 
we have never studied the Bible to know 
what is the will of the Lord. Most of 
the preachers come down here and set up 
secret societies and that is why so many 
of us are in them. I answered, Yes, His 
watchmen are blind (Isa. 66:10-12). 
AVe gave them tracts to read and they 
were astonished at the doctrine and 
asked us to come again. 

We went next to Reardon, Ark., where 
we spent three days. We had quite a 
crowded house on Sunday night. While 
we were exposing the masonic penalties 
a Mason arose and left the church and 
said to some men standing outside the 

July, 1914. 



door, "Sirs, that is Masonry from start 
to finish. Where on earth did that wom- 
an get it?" He found out when he read 
that tract entitled '"Freemasonry." 

Xext we stopped at Pine Bluff, Ark., 
and gave the lodges and saloons another 
round in the name of Jesus. A good 
Baptist preacher here said, "There are 
certain men in the churches of this city 
who are also with the whisky saloons, 
and if a pastor fights whisky they will 
put him out of the church. If a pastor 
wants to hold his place, he must keep 
his mouth shut on this thing." Our tes- 
timony on the lodge did not provoke any 

Leaving Pine Bluff, we stopped at a 
little station called Woodson, where we 
taught just one night. We did not pass 
by any kind of sin. but exposed the 
works of the Devil. Woodson has 
plenty of halls and churches and the 
lodge preachers help them to live in sin 
and immorality. What a pity ! 

A white Baptist minister who is a 
Bible agent and evangelist came to my 
house last Tuesday morning, \\liile we 
were talking about mission work he 
picked up the Cynosure and began to 
read my letter. When he came to the 
place where I said that a man could not 
be a Christian and a ]\[ason at the same 
time, he said, ''Sister Roberson. I am a 
thirty-three degree ]^Iason and I think I 
am. a Christian." I said. Do you think 
Christ is pleased with the oaths and pen- 
alties you have to swear to ? He re- 
plied, "Well, no, He is not pleased with 
them." I said, It is not Christian, for 
Jesus said in Matthew 5 :34. "swear not 
at all." Elder, you swear in the first 
degree of Alasonry to have your throat 
cut from ear to ear and your tongue 
torn out by the roots, and in the second 
degree you swear to have your hear! 
taken ou.t and passed over your left 
shoulder and your body buried in the 
sands of the sea at low- water mark where 
the tide ebbs and flows twice in twent} - 
four hours, and in the third degree you 
swear to have your body severed in twain 
and your bowels taken out and burned to 
ashes and cast to the four winds of the 
earth, if you do not conceal the secrets 
of your brethren, murder and treason ex- 
cepted. In the Royal Arch degree you 
?wear to have vour skull smitten off* and 

your brains exposed to the scorching 
rays of the meridian sun, if you don't 
uphold your brethren in everything they 
do. Is that good for a Christian? "Xo," 
he replied, "but, Sister Roberson, I never 
found that out until a few years ago, 
when I got hold of a book that exposed 
Masonry. When my lodge found it out 
they were going to have me up before 
them for reading the book, but one of 
the brethren heard of it and advised the 
lodge to let me alone, 'for,' said he, 'don't 
you know that old Mr. ^^lillard is ex- 
posing ^^lasonry to everybody? Xow, if 
we can't stop these houses that publish' 
our secrets, what good will it do you to 
have this man up?' So they let me go 
and from that tii^e to this I have let 
them alone. It is a wicked, idolatrous 
aggregation and is not even fit for sin- 
ners to be in, for it makes them worse 
than ever.'' 

I said to him. Our colored Baptist min- 
isters have their preachers' Alliance 
every ^londay morning in Little Rock. 
Wh}' don't you go and help them see the 
great evil that is sapping the life out 
of the church? He replied, "They dis- 
cuss the evil of secret societies and then 
go right out and preach annual sermons 
for them and even set them up. It does 
not do any good to condemn them in one 
breath and then preach for them and tell 
people to join them. There are a few 
men there that are antisecret men." Yes, 
I said, but they are afraid to expose the 
lodge. He said, "I will challenge any- 
one to take his Bible and show me that 
the ^lasonic lodge is in the Bible. All 
that 'Holy St. John' stuff* is nothing but 
lies." I said. Amen. I thank God for 
another minister whose eyes have been 

A colored Holiness preacher reccntl\' 
told me that he v/as preaching on the 
street of a city in the state of Louisiana, 
a few years ago, and some man gave him 
an "open letter" exposing Masonry. He 
took the letters, which were in tract, 
form, and began to give them out and to 
preach on the sin of secret societies. One 
day while he was preaching and exposing 
Masonry, a man came up to him and 
said. "Are you crazy?" He answered, 
"Xo, I am not crazy." The stranger 
said, "Well, if you are not crazy you had 
better stop preaching that kind of goi- 



July, 1914. 

pel" and went away. The next day, 
while he was preaching and showing the 
people how sinful the masonic oaths and 
penalties are, some men came up and 
said, "'Come with us." He saw they were 
officers and so went with them. They 
carried him off to jail and swore that 
he was crazy and had him committed to 
the asylum ! He continued to preach 
while in the asylum and his keepers 
nearly beat him to death. A Woodman 
was in charge of him and one day this 
man kept beating him until he could en- 
dure it no longer and he went to the 
window and called the head keeper. He 
came and told this man to let him alone. 
That night the Woodman returned and 
struck him with a big stick and knocked 
him down and called in his partner and 
said, "What shall we do with him?" and 
the other said, "You ought to have killed 
him this morning. The preacher was 
lying on his face bleeding and was too 
weak to get up. One of his assailants 
said, "Well, we will finish him," and he 
took the big stick and struck him a hard 
blow on the top of the head. Then he 
called the doctor in and said. "This man 
got disorderly and I had to knock him 
down and I think I hit him too hard 
and he is dead." The doctor caught 
hold of the victim and shook him, at the 
same time calling his name, and he an- 
swered. When he answered, it scared 
the man who had hit him so that he trem- 
bled like a leaf. The preacher told the 
doctor that he was put in the asylum, not 
because he was crazy but for preaching 
the Gospel and giving out the "open let- 
ter" against Masonry. The doctor bound 
up his head and had him removed from 
that place and another man put in charge 
of him. He was so weak from being 
knocked in the head that he was sick 
from it for a long time. One night, when 
he was very weak, three men came in 
and placed a thick, wet towel over his 
throat and tried to smother him. When 
they found that would not work they 
said, "We will not fool with him any 
longer," but one of them said, "I, for my 
part, am going to let him alone." When 
he was able to be up and about, they let 
him out of the asylum. He showed me 
the scars on his head that were given to 
him for giving out that "open letter" 
against Masonry. 

A Baptist minister killed his wife in 

Pine Bluff, Ark., last month and got 
away. I asked a sister if the officers 
had caught him and she said, "No, he 
is a Mason. They will never get him." 
We can see from these testimonies that 
Masonry is just as wicked as it ever was. 
Yours for Jesus, 

Lizzie W. Roberson. 


Oskaloosa, Iowa, Apr. 22, 1914. 

I am still recalling our convention with 
appreciation and all that it brought to the 
church and college of blessing. It was 
certainly well planned and carried out. 

Monday, April 20th, I read my paper 
before our Ministerial Association on 
"Why I Object to Masonry and Kindred 
Organizations." Only two of the minis- 
ters who are Masons were present, but 
that was enough to give us an interesting 
time. In the discussion which followed 
the chairman of the Ministerial Associa- 
tion, who is a retired M. E. minister, 
asked the Presbyterian pastor if Masonry 
was a religious institution and he flatly 
denied its being such. The chairman 
said that that was a point he wanted 
settled, for if Masonry was a religious 
institution he was going to fight it. Then 
it came my turn, as the one who presents 
a paper always has the privilege of clos- 
ing the discussion, and with Mackey's- 
Ritualist and another work I have con- 
taining quotations from "The Mystic 
Tie" and other authorities, I showed be- 
yond any possible doubt that it was re- 

- Wliatever may be the effect of the dis- 
cussion on the men already in the lodge,. 
I think that it was good for the men not 
yet in the meshes. I intend as soon as 
I can get time to revise the paper and 
send it to "The American Friend," hop- 
ing in that way to benefit others. 

AIead A. Kelsey. 


Brinkley, Ark., June 6, 1914. 

Now as concerning the lodges, let me 
say that during the Winter I was down 
in Mississippi and found that most of 
the lodges had gone down. 

I have always opposed women's lodges, 
although I could not give a plausible rea- 
son, yet inwardly I felt that there was 
something wrong in an institution that 
separates a man's wife from him, which 

July, 1914 



takes him from her side, shuts the door 
on him and claims itself exclusively fem- 
inine, and yet I found men, hangers on 
or loungers, about that same institution. 
Anything that teaches women to have, 
keep or conceal secrets and rigidly guard 
the same from their husbands, I felt to be 
dangerous and unsound. It had not then 
occurred to me that men's lodges were 
as much in the wrong as those for wom- 
en, but w^hen I saw what the Word of 
God said about it I found both wrong. 

Our town is honeycombed with lodges. 
I had a hard time trying to keep my 
wife out of them, and at last she did 
join one. We have had m.any a jar on 
that account. These lodge people persist- 
ently worried and dogged after me for 
seven years. They even offered to pay 
my wife's initiation fees. Finally in an 
unguarded moment and in a fit of des- 
peration I agreed that she might join on 
condition that she would not attend. I 
thought this would settle the matter. But 
do you know that, though they accepted 
these terms, matters grew worse until 
I threatened to quit her unless she with- 
drew from the lodge, but she would not. 
W'ell, about two years ago she became 
sanctified through the W'ord of God and 
prayer and is now out of the lodge and 
is trying to get others to come out. 

As I said in my first letter, I did not 
see anything very shameful in the meet- 
ings of the lodge, but I got tired of the 
same dull routine of tomfoolery, useless 
grips and signs and senseless passwords, 
all to no purpose, and besides, a waste 
of valuable time from which nothing 
was gained. Now that I am out, I could 
not be induced to rejoin for any consid- 
eration. Now I can plainly see that such 
connection is strictly forbidden of God 
(Isa. 8:9-13). I for one do not want 
to drink of the wine of wrath of God 
which is promised to all those wdio re- 
ceive the mark of the l^east (Rev. 
14:9-11, Rev. 15 :2). 

Amours for Christ, 

G. B. Crockett. 


Detroit, JNIich., June 2. 1914. 
The antichristian secrecy which you 
so nobly attack has been assailed by the 
Missouri Synod for the past 75 years in 
this country. It is a lamentable fact — 
as soon as a man enters the lodge, he will 

be slowly weaned away from the church 
— that fact can be substantiated by thou- 
sands of examples; and still the I'odges 
tell us : "We are net antagonizing but co- 
operating with tlie church " h^xperiencc 
teaches us the reverse is true. When the 
fathers of our Syn'od come to America 
and immediately put antilodgery on their 
program they were told by the "liberal" 
element of the Lutheran church : "If you 
fight the lodges, you cannot exist." We 
have consistently and openly fought tlicm 
and have far surpassed all the "liljerak' 
synods of America. 

A'ery truly and respectfully yours, ' 
(Rev.) F. A. Hertwig. 

It is the love of God in the hearts of 
men that sustains the churches rather 
than the churches that sustain the love of 
God in the hearts of men. 



How much respect can the world have 
for an orthodox message from an ortho- 
dox preacher who delivers from his pul- 
pit on Sabbath a sermon based on John 
1:29 or John 3:16, or John 14:6, or 
Acts 4:12, or Rom. 3:26, or etc., and 
who, the same week, in ^^lasonic dress, 
stands by the side of a Masonic grave, 
giving silent consent, while a ]\Iasonic 
chaplain, who may be a Jew or a Chris- 
tian or deist, read the dead Mason. Jew 
or Christian, or common unbeliever, into 
the Masonic heaven — the Grand Lodge 
above — the service accompanied with 
''prayers" from all of which the' 
name of Christ is excluded by Masonic 
law? The preacher thus as a Mason con- 
tradicts himself as an orthodox preacher, 
and the world must be bewildered, or dis- 
gusted, or made comfortable in sin and 
unbelief. Christianity and Freemasonry 
are fundamentally cc^ntradictory. If one 
is truth, the other is a lie. "He may 
run that readeth it." 

In the view of some writers a creed 
(a creed carrying "distinctively!"") looms 
as a sort of scare-crow frightening peo- 
])le away from llio Kingdom of God. H* 
so, why the plaint of Isaiah at Is. 53:1., 
or of Jesus at John 5:40? These plaints 
are explained not in creed but in the hu- 
man heart. See Jer. 17:9 and John 3:19. 
— 71ic United Frcsbxtcriaii. June 4. 1914. 



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Xl'MBER 4. 

Those interested in the report from the 
Nebraska field last month will read with 
increasing interest Secretary Murrman's 
article in this number and also what 
President Blanchard has to say about 
lodge manifestations, in the same dis- 
trict, in his article "Lodges and Civil 


Grande Loge Nationale Independante de la 


Paris, June 26. — An English Masonic 
lodge has just been founded in Paris. It 
has received its warrant from the Grande 
Loge Nationale Independante de la 
France, a new body which was founded 
last year, and is recognized and approved 
by the Grand Lodge of England. Thus 
there now exists for the first time in 
France a Masonic lodge working in Eng- 
lish according to the English ritual. 

Brother Edmund Heisch was installed 
first master of the new St. George's 
Lodge. There was a large gathering of 
French and English grand and provincial 
grand officers and brethren, and the con- 
secration was performed in the presence 
of Dr. E. de Ribeaucourt, grand master, 
by Brother de Mondehare, provincial 
grand master. A letter was read from 
Lord Amphill, pro-grand master, wish- 
ing prosperity to the new lodge. 

Independent of the Grand Orient. 

The recent foundation of a French 
grand lodge independent of the Grand 
Orient, the main existing Masonic body 
in France, is an event of considerable in- 
terest. The Grand Orient has come to 
be almost entirely a political organiza- 
tion. It is anti-religious, and thus runs 
counter to the original principles of 

Masonic Renaissance. 

M. de Ribeaucourt, who is a profes- 
sor at the Sorbonne, by founding the 
new grand lodge^ has broken away from 
the political anci atheistic tenets of the 
order, and by reverting to the original 
principles has started a sort of Masonic 

St. George's is the third lodge to re- 
ceive a warrant from the new grand 
lodge,- but the foundation of two others 
in Paris and in Monte Carlo is in pros- 
pect. — Correspondence Public Ledger, 


We are told in The Fortnightly Re- 
viezi', a Catholic magazine, that if Cath- 
olic women are granted the right to vote. 
"There should be diocesan and state and 
national federation of Catholic societies 
of women just as there are of men. 
These once established, we need fear 
nothing from the fanatical and very un- 
American intrigues of our enemies, who 
are the enemies of our country as well." 

The Catholic Central Society is going 
ahead, as we understand, with its plan of 
a Catholic Women's League, as outlined 
above. Those expecting the millennium 
from women's voting ought to find a cor- 
rective in the above. The writer has 
found in his city that Sunday baseball. 
Sunday moving picture shows, pool 
tables and the saloon have always had 
the support of Catholic aldermen. The 
reason Catholic domination is feared in 
civil matters is not simply such object 
lessons as are before us of Catholic Italy. 
Spain and ^lexico, but the influence of 
Catholics in positions of civil service 
here in our own land. ''The exception 
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August, 1914. 


A. Letter from the Secretary of the Church 

Peace Union. 

Through the kindness of the press, I 
am taking this opportunity of addressing 
you concerning some matters in which 
you will be greatly interested, and of ask- 
ing your kindly co-operation in the great 
cause of furthering international good- 

In the first place, The Church Peace 
Union has authorized me to offer to the 
church five thousand dollars ($5,000) in 
prizes for the best essays on international 
peace. The sum is apportioned as fol- 
lows : 

1. A prize of one thousand dollars 
(Si,ooo) for the best monograph of be- 
tween 15.000 and 25,000 words on any 
phase of international peace by any pas- 
tor of any church in the United States. 

2. Three prizes, one of five hundred 
dollars ($500), one of three hundred 
dollars ($300), and one of two hundred 
dollars ($200), for the three best essays 
on international peace by students of the 
theological seminaries in the United 

3. One thousand dollars v$i,ooo) in 
ten prizes of one hundred dollars ($100) 
each to any church member between 
twenty (20) and thirty (30) years of 

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lars ($50) each to Sunday-school pupils 
between fifteen (15) and twenty (20) 
}"ears of age. 

5. Fifty (50) prizes of twenty dol- 
lars (S20) each to Sunday-school pupils 
between ten (10) and fifteen (15) years 
of age. 

In the accomplishing of the desired re- 
sults among the church members and the 
Sunday-school pupils, and in the award- 
ing of the prizes. The Church Peace 
Union will have to depend largely upon 
the assistance which the pastors can ren- 
der. It is earnestly hoped that the pas- 
tors will make the announcement of these 
prizes in all of the churches and Sunday 
Schools of the United States. In com- 
peting for the prizes only one essay 
should be sent from each church and 
from each Sunday School, the essays of 
the local church and Sunday School be- read by a local committee and the 
one winning essay forwarded. 

It is hcped that from the thousand dol- 

lar ($1,000) prize offered to clergymen 
one or more essays may be found which 
will be worthy, not only of the prize, but 
also of publication and distribution by 
the Foundation. 

All essays must be in by January i, 


Further particulars about these prizes 
as well as literature to be used in the 
preparation of the essays, and lists of 
books can be secured by addressing the 
Secretary of The Church Peace Union, 
Rev. Frederick Lynch, D. D., 70 Fifth 
Avenue, New York City. 


The German order of Harugari was 
organized in this country in 1847. The 
motto adopted is similar to those of other 
organizations, "Friendship, Love and 
Humanity." In its statement of princi- 
ples it makes much of the Brotherhood 
of Alan and the desirability of working, 
not for themselves so much as for the 
good of society in general. It is found 
in about half of the states of the Union 
and is estimated to have less than 50,000 
male members at the present time. It 
has also a separate lodge for women. 
The grand lodges of the states are gov- 
erned by the Grand Lodge of the United 
States. It is similar to the many other 
insurance lodges. 


The Chicago Daily Journal of June 22 
relates that as Frank J. Walsh was seat- 
ed in his automobile in front of the 
Woodmen Hall in Mott, N. D., a man 
who was being initiated and had broken 
away came running from the hall, and 
leaping into Walsh's automobile cried 
out, "Save me; speed, speed; quick, 
they'll get me!" Walsh hesitated. "Man, 
start it quick or they'll get me. Hurry ! 
start, why don't you !" the man cried. 
But an "army" of Woodmen were down 
the stairs and after the fleeing candidate, 
who was bundled up and carried back 
into the hall in spite of his struggles and 
cries, "You won't take me back ; I won't 
go, that's all, no more of that." 

Flora — I gave Jack the 32d degree last 

Dora — Are you a Mason? 

Flora — No : but that's the freezing 
point, isn't it? 


Ausfust. 1914. 








It is one of the stock claims of lodge 
men that lodges are not intended to in- 
terfere with civil government and that 
they do not do so. On the other hand 
all unbiased persons who are familiar 
with the facts m the case know that se- 
cret orders regularly and continually 
seek to secure official positions for their 
members and that having secured these 
positions they use them for the protec- 
tion and profit of their lodge brothers 
Avho have given them the position they 
hold. These two forms of lodge work 
are carried on secretly. It is also true 
that when dififerent lodges or lodge men 
are rivals there will be opportunity for 
apparent collision and it is still further 
true that there are members of lodges 
who are not at heart lodge men and who 
do not permit their lodge relations to 
override their duties as citizens. Such 
men will not vote for a lodge candidate 
if a candidate who is not a lodge man is 
a better man ; that is to say, they will 

not wish to do it and sometimes they 
will not do it, though on other occasions 
they are in a way compelled to serve 
lodge brethren when they do not wish 
to do so. 

These special instances being allowed 
for, it remains that secret orders are im- 
mense political machines working in si- 
lence and darkness, putting oftentimes 
the basest and most ignoble men into the 
most responsible positions and interfer- 
ring with the administration of courts 
and of executive offices. 

Tendency to Open Work. 

T have again and again called attention 

to the fact that lodges in our times are 
more and more forced into the open 
You will find frequent statements in 
lodge addresses to the efi""ect that tliere 
is nothing about lodges which needs to 
be secret. One would suppose to read 
these addresses that secrecy was about 
to be abandoned as a method of social 
combination. Those who speak thus 
])robably do not intend or anticipate any- 
thing of the kind. They say this to an- 



August. 1914, 

swer the unanswerable objections made 
to tlie lodo'e movement. Alono" with this 
profession of openness and fair dealing 
as possibilities, if not actualities, come 
the lectures on important subjects which 
are open to the public, the organization 
of homes for the aged, the widowed and 
the children, in an elTort to show that 
there is some legitimate work being done 
by these organizations. Last of all one of 
the most infamous secret orders as to 
its beginnings has become a patron of 
education and is proposing a vast school 
enterprise which is to do great things for 
the world. When one asks, "Why do 
men need to be secret society men to do 
such things ; why do they need to have 
humiliating initiations ; what is the value 
of Christless altars ; w^hy should men be 
obligated to partial benevolence, partial 
honesty, partial purity, etc., in order to 
the accomplishing of these laudable pur- 
poses ?" the answer must always be : 
''There is no reason for any of these 
things" and when that question is fur- 
ther put: 'Tf there be no reason for 
these things in order to accomplish the 
praiseworthy ends you have in view, 
w^hy not give up these objectionable 
practices?" the answer is: "We cannot," 
which means, w^e will not. So the lodge 
mill grinds on with its indecent cere- 
monies, its shameless obligations, its 
bloody penalties, its Christless religion 
and its pagan ritual. 

Present Tendencies. 
The movement which I have referred 
to has recently received a new exemplifi- 
cation. The Scottish Rite Masons in 
Colorado have recently taken action 
which has been quoted in Congress of 
the United States. These Scottish Rite 
Masons have made a protest against the 
action of the Miners' Unions in Colo- 
rado. It so happens that I entirely agree 
with what they say. But the question 
is, why they should say it. The pre- 
tense has always been that lodges had 

nothing to do with politics, but this Ma- 
sonic organization comes into the open 
long enough to make a public declara- 
tion on a subject of public interest about 
which opinions are divided. It is prob- 
ably true that there are very few Scot- 
tish Rite Masons among the miners and 
that there are some Scottish Rite Masons 
among the operators, owners and man- 
agers but apart from the desire to pro- 
mote the interests of some brother lodge 
man there is probably a feeling that an 
organization in order to justify its exist- 
ence must have something to say about 
matters of public interest. At all events 
the Scottish Rite Masons have made a 
protest against the action of the Labor 
Unions which undertakes to settle, so far 
as their influence is concerned, the dif- 
ficult questions which have now for 
months agitated the public in that state. 
Another Case in Point. 
Not long since a paper of some sort 
was circulated in Chicago by the Ma- 
sons, the purpose of which was to secure 
from Mayor Harrison the appointment 
of certain lodge candidates to the Board 
of Education. A few years ago such 
an action would have been unheard of. 
Lodges have from their very nature and 
from their beginning tried to secure ap- 
pointment of their members to Boards 
of Education and all other positions 
where they could promote the interests 
of their members ; but they have as a 
rule persistently denied doing so. The 
outside world in general knew little or 
nothing about it, students of the lodge 
system all knew that such underground 
influences were continually at work to 
secure control of the tax payers' money 
and of the public institutions which the 
tax payers' money supported. But the 
lodge men lifted their hands in holy hor- 
ror at the public suggestion — far be it 
from a secret society to have anything 
to do with questions of this kind. Yet 
now in a public fashion they undertake 

Auo-Kst, 1914. 



the work which privately for so man}- 
years they have been carrying forward. 

"We lodge men and women want our 
representatives appointed to the Board 
of Education." "What for?" "Why 
should lodge men be represented there?" 
"Why should lodge men and women un- 
dertake to interfere with the adminis- 
tration of public schools of a great city?" 
Whatever may be the reason, the fact 
is unquestionable. The paper was cir- 
culated, and signed to secure lodge rep- 
resentation on the School Board. I men- 
tion these two instances because they are 
modern history. Others are not difficult 
to find. 

I remember a case where a principal 
of a high school was retained for years 
against the protest of practically the 
whole city. His character rendered him 
entirely unfitted for such a position as 
he occupied, but it took years for the 
unorganized people who acted openly to 
overcome the little clique of lodge of- 
ficials who kept this man in position. 

Very recently a lodge man was elected 
to a position on a School Board of whose 
election I happened to have some knowl- 
edge. I think it would be moderately 
safe to say that he and his friends told 
more falsehoods to secure his election 
than he received votes, but the thing- 
was all under cover. It is well when 
such things are forced into the open so 
that people may know who is doing 
II things and may be able to form some 
sort of judgment as to why they are 

Causes and Effects. 

It is one of the marvels of our time 
to find persons protesting against re- 
sults while they leave the causes which 
produce them in unquestioned and un- 
controlled operation ; political corrup- 
tion, corruption in city administration, 
the impossibility of securing wholesome 
conditions in municipal life ; scholarlv 
men are continually worrying us with 

their protestations of these subjects. 
The rule is that these oral or written 
communications end with a projjosition 
for "an investigation," "a commission"' 
for enquiry to be made up of some of 
these protestants who are to be well paid 
for the time and labor they spend. Thi^ 
is the ordinary end of the recommen- 
dations but sometimes the commissions 
are appointed. The men who desire them 
secure places on them. They travelat 
public expense to make examinations and 
finally their recommendations are pub-' 
lished and the evils of which there is 
just complaint npve on unimpeded be- 
cause there is not the slightest attempt 
to deal with the real causes of ihc ills 
complained of. Does any sane man be- 
lieve ih^t as long as secret society men. 
whisky men and their like are in office 
there will be a possibility of doing away 
with the partiality and corruption which 
result from these causes? I do not think 
so. If not, what would be the obvious 
cure for the political corruption, the 
failure of justice, the defects in public 
control which result from the great 
liquor systems plus the great loctge sys- 
tem, the two generally acting in har- 
mony^ Evidently the cure would be to 
abolish the lodges, and the liquor shops ; 
to compel the liquor dealers of all grades 
and sorts to go into profitable industries 
that they might obtain a livelihood. Thi- 
would at a single blow wipe out two 
hundred and fifty thousand political cen- 
ters where lazy, worthless men associate 
with criminals for the control of the 
public. And if the lodges also could be 
abolished, counterfeiters, mail robbers, 
and lawbreakers of all other types would 
be unable to secure the protection of 
secret brothers. What an instantaneous 
change would then take place in civil ad- 
ministration, nnmicipal, state and na- 

~Sly readers wh.o are very patient with 
me know that concrete cases appeal to 



August, 1914. 

me rather than mere theories. Let nvz 
therefore give yon the one which hias 
most recently passed nnder my observa- 

Humbolt, Nebraska. 

This httle city is a beautifully located 
town about midw^ay between St. Joseph, 
?\Io., and Lincoln, Neb. It contains a 
Meihodist, a Presbyterian, a German 
TT'-thodist and a Christian Church. I 
believe there is also a srhall Baptist or- 
ganization, but this is not at present in 
an active state. 

I do not profess to know the names 
of all the lodges, but there are, as is 
usual in such little cities, a number of 
them : the ^lasons, the Odd Fellows, the 
Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen, the 
Workmen, etc. I do not know that all 
of these organizations have active rep- 
resentatives in the town at this time, but 
I believe they have. 

The National Christian Association 
sent into this city several weeks ago Rev. 
Adam Murrman and wife to represent 
its cause. They took rooms with a 
worthy and reputable family. Mr. Mur- 
man began addresses in the Methodist 
church ; addresses of Biblical and evan- 
gelistic character. He is, himself a 
graduate of Moody Bible Institute and 
his wife is a niece of the great evangel- 
ist, D. L. Moody. He is, so far as the 
officers of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation can ascertain an honest, intelli- 
gent, eloquent man and seems to be en- 
tirely sincere and straightforward in his 
utterances and work. After having con- 
ducted meetings of the sort indicated 
above for a week, he began to inform 
the people respecting secret societies. 
There was instantly an agitation. Lodge 
men began to complain, to threaten, to 
protest. They said that the minister had 
done wrong who had invited him to his 
pulpit ; the fellow citizens who had fa- 
vored him in any way were criticised ; 

he otight to be driven out of town, etc., 

On Monday evening, July 6th, he was 
giving an address in the public square. 
There were interruptions by lodge men 
and others instigated by them not in- 
tended to throw light upon the facts but 
to confuse and discredit the lecturer. He 
was asked whether he had belonged to 
lodges. He was told that if he had not 
belonged to lodges, he could not know 
anything about them and a large com- 
pany of lodge men assembled for the 
ptirpose greeted with jeering laughter 
his replies. Some secret plans were 
made to deal with him. We do not know 
what they were in detail ; there was talk 
of tar and feathers, there was talk of 
an automobile ride such as Mr. Patmont 
was treated to from Danville in our own 
state. When he said a number of times 
that he would on the following evening- 
present authorities which were asked 
for, the jeering lodge men cried out, 
"There will be trains out of town be- 
fore tomorrow night." The direct inti- 
mation being that he would be compelled 
to leave town ; the indirect inference, un- 
derstood by lodge men alone perhaps, 
had reference to such mob conveyance 
as has been- repeatedly employed of re- 
cent occasions. 

After the close of the address which 
was interrupted by the heckling above 
mentioned he went to the fountain near 
the stand to take a drink of water. At 
once the lodge men began closing in 
around him. He turned hastily to leave 
the fountain and providentially ran into 
the arms of the Mayor of the city. The 
Mayor at once did his duty as a public 
official and ordered the mob to stand 
back. They did so with a great deal of 
reluctance, but were not ready to make 
a public assault on the chief executive 
of the town. He therefore began to 
walk along: the streets of the citv to- 


Ausrust, 1914. 



ward the temporan- home of Mr. ]\[urr- 
man. ^Irs. ]\Iurrman was on one side, 
the Mayor on the other, the crowd hoot- 
ing and yelling and cursing followed 
along until they had reached their home, 
the Mayor seeking to quiet them and 
they finally dispersing. The family with 
whom ]\Ir. and ]Mrs.. ]\Iurrman were 
lodged were terrified and wished them 
to leave the house immediately. Of 
course if they had attempted to do this 
in the night and the mob had become 
aware of the fact, the story would have 
had a different and more tragic conclu- 
sion tlian we must now record. 

A Second Visit to Humbolt. 

I was myself in company with our 
Secretary, ^Ir. Wm. I. Phillips, holding 
meetings in this same town some years 
ago. The same threats which were 
made by the lodge men this month were 
made by the lodge men at that time and 
the effort to secure the consent of civil 
authorities to the violation of the Bill of 
Rights of the State of Nebraska was 
made that time as now\ Then as now 
the ^layor of the city proved to be a 
worthy man who attached importance to 
his civil obligations. God, through him 
and certain citizens of stable sort, held 
the mob in check so that no violence re- 
sulted and this was fortunately the case 
in the same city this month. Being re- 
quested by the Secretary of our Associa- 
tion to go to Humbolt to render any as- 
sistance within my power, I did so arriv- 
ing on Friday, July lOth. 

I first visited the ?^Iayor and conferred 
with him about the possibility of hold- 
ing meetings in the public square. He 
admitted at once our right to do so but 
said that it w^as a right which he could 
not make secure to us under the then 
present circumstances. He said. "These 
secret society men are so stirred up that 
they will break up any meeting which you 
might attempt to hold. I have not depu- 

ties enough who can be relied upon to 
secure order in the public square. Apart 
from the fact that the secret society "men 
are angry is the added fact that grafting 
has been going on and the same parties 
who are opposed to you men are angry 
at me because I am attempting to pre- 
vent the robbery of the public treasury." 
He did not say that all the lodge men 
were grafters but that some of them and 
some of the leading men were so in- 
volved in the transactions of that sort 
that his position was doubly difficult. He 
said that if we could secure private 
grounds or a building, it would be pos- 
sible for him to guarantee us protection 
and that he would do so. 

Wq therefore moved in that direction 
but found at once that all the people who 
owned property near the center of town 
were apparently terrified by the lodge 
rage which they knew^ or believed to 
exist. One lady who professed to be 
opposed to secret societies said that she 
could not allow her lawn to be used for 
a meeting because of the rage which 
existed in the town. A\'e therefore were 
compelled to take a beautiful lawn out 
from the center of the city, a property- 
owned by one of our faithful, valued 
friends of years ago. On this lawn we 
held our evening meetings. We under- 
took to secure a church but in every in- 
stance the pastor would refer us to the 
Trustees or other officers : these Trustees 
or officers were generally lodge men. 
perhaps in every instance, certainly they 
at once declined to allow any truth to 
be uttered respecting the lodges in the 
buildings that they controlled. The Ger- 
man [Methodist Church was open to Mr. 
Murrman for a Sabbath morning sermon 
but he was explicitly charged to make no 
mention of the lodge in tlie church. He 
preached an excellent sermon and gave 
an address that same evening on the 
lawn of ^\r. John Holnian. the true and 
valued friend referred to above. 



August, 1914. 

I held myself a conversation in the 
public square Monday morning. A num- 
ber of lodge men had called a meeting 
of the Commercial Club hoping to secure 
the passage of some resolution requiring 
yir. ]\Iurrman and wife to leave town. 
These resolutions did not pass. The 
Mayor himself was present in the meet- 
ing and no such action as was contem- 
plated was taken. After this meeting- 
adjourned many of the lodge men re- 
mained seated in the park and sitting 
down among them I entered upon a con- 
versation which continued for an hour 
or so and which I think was in a way 
helpful to them. I found as I have al- 
ways found on similar occasions that 
lodge men in general are profoundly ig- 
norant of the system to which they have 
sworn allegiance. They know about the 
initiation, how they are blinded, hal- 
tered, stripped and led but they are as a 
rule ignorant of the history, the philos- 
ophy and the religion of Freemasonry. 
This is so preeminently true that they 
do not ordinarily understand the lan- 
guage of people who speak on these sub- 
jects. For example, in this conversation 
in the square when they charged Brother 
Murrman with calling them all liars, I 
asked them what he had said and one of 
the more clear headed among the lodge 
men replied : ''He said that Freema- 
sonry and Odd Fellowship were all a lie 
and virtually charged all Freemasons 
and .Odd Fellows with being liars." 
AVhen I called his attention to the fact 
that Freemasonry and Odd Fellowship 
were one thing, having existed for many 
years and that Freemasons and Odd Fel- 
lows were another totally different thing, 
a number of individuals who live and 
pass on, while Freemasonry and Odd 
Fellowship remain. He seemed able to 
understand it but the whole crowd who 
had been stirred up to mob violence yes- 
terday had never before been able to 
make any such distinction. 

Churches and Public Parks. 

If individuals as lodge men are per- 
mitted to carry the keys of churches and 
public parks so that things which they 
approve may be presented and things 
which they disapprove may be shut out, 
where is the boasted freedom of our 
American institutions. We have had 
three institutions in this country which 
have denied the right of free speech to 
those who did not approve them; the 
American Slave System, the Saloon and 
the American Lodge Movement. 

When I was a lad any man spoke the 
truth about American Slavery at peril 
of life. Leading ministers and officials 
justified the action of mobs which tarred 
and feathered, clubbed into insensibility, 
shot or hanged persons whose only of- 
fense was the use of the American right 
of free speech. No doubt American 
Slavery would have continued to tar and 
feather, to ride on rails, to whip, club, 
shoot and burn to this very hour if it 
had been permitted to exist. 

The liquor power has never yet be- 
come sufficiently powerful to mob as 
freely as slavery did. Yet in many 
parts of our country the saloon inter- 
ests have shown that they are actuated 
by the same spirit and will do the same 
work so far as they dare. What an un- 
speakably horrible occurrence the abduc- 
tion of Mr. Patmont was and how ter- 
rible it is day by day for his friends do 
not dare to print information that they 
can find lest his life should be sacrificed. 
Perhaps I ought to put with the liquor 
interests the Romish Church. This or« 
ganization, however, has so many good 
people connected with it, so many who 
disapprove of all mob violence, that I 
do not like to do this ; at the same time 
recent events in a number of our Ameri- 
can cities have shown that the Romish 
Church has not yet learned to respect the 
right of free speech which is a priceless 
inheritance of every American citizen. 


August, 1914. 



Nay, it is the very foundation on which 
the right of the Romish Church itself 
rests. But for this blood bought privi- 
lege the Romish Church would never 
have been planted and grown to such 
power as it at present exercises in our 

The other great organization which 
denies the American's right to utter his 
opinions freely is this lodge movement. 
In Humbolt a public official came to the 
dwelling where Mr. and Mrs. Murman 
were occupying rooms for which they 
were paying rent and, as I was told, or- 
dered them to leave town. I did not 
hear this statement myself and I cannot 
remember now the authority so I do not 
state it as fact but as report. Certainly 
it is not uncommon for men who are, or 
pretend to be, public officials to under- 
take thus to frighten American citizens 
out of the exercise of their rights inher- 
ited from the blood and toil of noble 

What Is the Conclusion of the Matter. 

The conclusion of the matter is that 
lodges must go where slavery has gone 
and where the liquor shop is going. As 
so many lodge men are now telling us, 
there is absolutely no excuse for secret 
societies in a country like ours and in an 
age like this. Every honorable and de- 
cent thing which any man wishes to do 
he may do openly and in the sight of all 
the world with none to molest or make 
afraid. The great anti-social move- 
ments such as I have referred to above 
are the only powers which seek to pre- 
vent anyone from doing any good thing 
which he wishes to do. Men may belong 
to one political party or another as they 
please ; religious denominations gener- 
ally freely utter their own opinions and 
allow those who do not agree with them 
freely to utter contrary opinions and 
there is not a desire or a thought of vio- 
lent prevention. Various kinds of civic 
and social organizations exist in all our 

communities and those who advocate the 
most contradictory views freely admit 
the right of their opponents to say also 
what they believe. 

A secret society is an anti-social con- 
spiracy, it is a conspiracy of those who 
are connected with it against the rights 
of those who are not connected with it. 
It takes as naturally to politics as a duck 
takes to water. The secret societies of 
our country have for all the time since 
they existed obtained all the political 
power which they could secure and hav« 
used it without scruple or hesitation for 
the protection of^ criminals and for the 
lawless gains of members of the organ- 
ization. Xo man's right to life, to lib- 
erty, to justice, to anything is safe in a 
country where secret societies come to 
be the ruling power. 

I do not write these words without 
thinking of the very many who have 
gone into these lodges from worthy mo- 
tives. It grieves me to say what I know- 
to be true because so many of these men 
do not know what I say to be true, at 
least hope that I am mistaken. I have 
known good men to join a lodge 'so that 
they might have a little money for an 
aged mother, or for wife and children in 
case of their deaths. They did not join 
the lodge to get office or to secure pro- 
tection in case of crime ; they joined the 
lodge for the purpose stated. But these 
are never the men who rule the lodges. 
The men who rule jo-in from different 
motives and are men of a dift'erent type. 
This latter group furnishes the leaders 
of mobs. Of course they deny that they 
lead mobs. 

In Humbolt one of the leading lodge 
men said to me in the park conversation 
that the person who stirred up the 
trouble Monday night was a boy, but I 
knew just as well as the Mayor knew, 
just as well as other citizens knew that 
the lodge men were at the root of the 
whole mob program. And he as well as 



August, 1914. 

Others should be very thankful that the 
manly character of the Mayor prevented 
a tragedy which would have blackened 
for all time the name of their town. It 
will be no occasion of pride to the 
children of the men who are now living 
in Humbolt that free speech is impos- 
sible in that city. 

If the lodge men themselves desire to 
see the lodges continue, they will be wise 
to get together and privately agree that 
hereafter there shall never be any lodge 
mobs in their city. Of course they can 
do it for they are the centers of the mob 
movement which recently discredited the 
town. No one else had any interest in 
the threatened violence. 

As I have said so frequently, the de- 
cent, worthy men in the lodges owe it 
to themselves and to their wives and 
children and to the country in which they 
live and to the churches of which they 
are some of them members to see to it 
that lodgism is either ''Mended or end- 
ed." Furthermore they ought to know 
that it will be "Mended or ended" ; that 
it will be as impossible for a secret so- 
ciety, which can only protect itself by 
mob violence, to continue in this country 
as it was for a slave system, which had 
thus to protect itself, to continue. 


Xo doubt many are still in active life 
who heard an address delivered at Union 
College in 1877 by George W. Curtis, 
who was then honorary chancellor of 
Union University, and perhaps also un- 
rivalled by any orator save Wendell Phil- 
lips, whom he survived. He spoke to 
the graduating class on the pu1)lic duty 
of educated men. To make short extracts 
from such an oration is like chipping 
fragments from a polished jewel, yet the 
service they render is trusted to purchase 
justification for the violence they suffer. 
The complete address was selected by 
Professor Genung as the chosen example 
of persuasion treated in his admirable 
Handbook of Rhetorical Analysis. 

Having completed the lirst paragraph 
of a graceful introduction the orator pro- 
ceeded: ''But the interest of the day is 
not that of mere scholarship as an end, 
of good books for their own sake, but of 
education as a power in human affairs, of 
educated men as an influence in the com- 
monwealth. 'Tell me,' said a great Amer- 
ican scholar of Goethe, the many sided. 
'What did he ever do for the cause of 
man?' The scholar, the poet, the phil- 
osopher, are men among other men. From 
these unavoidable social relations spring 
opportunities and duties. * * * Four 
years before our civil war, the same 
scholar ^^^ * * said sadly: 'If our edu- 
cated men had done their duty, we should 
not now be in the ghastly condition we 
bewail.' The theme of today seems to me 
to be presented by the occasion * * * 
the public duty of educated men in 
America. * * * 

"Civil and religious liberty in this 
country can be preserved only through 
the agency of our political institutions- 
But those institutions alone will not suf- 
fice. It is not the ship so much as the 
skillful sailing that assures the prosper- 
ous voyage. American institutions pre- 
suppose not only general honesty and in- 
telligence in the people, but their con- 
stant and direct application to public af- 
affairs. =^ * * Our safety lies not in our 
institutions but in ourselves. It was tm- 
der the forms of the republic that Julius 
Caesar made himself emperor of Rome. 
It was professing reverence for the na- 
tional traditions that James the Second 
was destroying religious liberty in Eng- 
land. * * '■' Public duty in this country 
is not discharged, as is so often supposed, 
by voting. * * * When an American 
citizen is content with voting merely, he 
consents to accept what is often a doubt- 
ful alternative. His first duty is to help 
shape the alternative." 

Readers who are not as yet aware how 
firmly grounded on sound reason applied 
to public affairs is the reform we strive 
to promote, may need a word of applica- 
tion to show the fitness of such extracts 
from a commencement oration for the 
pages of this journal of earnest reform. 
One evil against which we contend was 
declared by one of the greatest American 
publicists incompatible with the laws of 
God or man. Believing the same, we 

Au-ust, 1914. 



feel the fitness of such sentiments as we 
have given a place here for pages de- 
voted to the honor of authority, human 
and divine. And inasmuch as they have 
the effect of appeal, we cannot but feel 
the force of their call for help against 
mighty foes of God and man. Intelligent 
men are able to respond. Means of in- 
formation are at hand ; ability to use 
knowledge they already have ; but let 
them not mistake their own silence for 
a bugle call, nor dream that their share 
of the world's stern fighting can be done 
quietly in camp. 


Evening Session, May 22, in the Moody 
A song and testimony service w^as con- 
ducted by The Gideons. 

Mr. Ernest L. Vogel, Illinois state 
president of The Gideons, spoke as fol- 
lows : 'T have been a Christian for 
thirty years. I never joined any secret 
organization. The only secret organiza- 
tion that I belong to you will find de- 
scribed in the ninety-first Psalm. 'He 
that dwelleth in the secret place of the 
Most High shall abide under the shadow 
of the Almighty.' That is where I have 
tried to live all these thirty years of my 
active Christian life as a traveling man 
out on the road. I thank God that we 
can meet at all times and openly. I am 
not here to make a speech but , simply 
want you to know wdiere I stand as a 
Christian traveling man. My personal 
attitude is that I am not in sympathy 
with secret societies of any kind. 
The Savior Safer to Trust Than Secret 
'T remember about thirty years ago 
I was held up one night, and they black- 
ened my eyes and loosened my teeth and 
stole my new Sunday hat. I was great- 
ly enraged with them to think that I was 
mistreated like that, because I had not 
harmed any one that I knew^ of and de- 
termined to carry a gun and protect my- 
self. I was a member of this church and 
mv conscience worried me a little, and I 
remember that I went to President 
Blanchard. who is on the platform — 
I don't know whether he remembers this 
or not — and I said, "Brother Blanchard. 
is it right to carry a gun?". And in his 
verv characteristic wav he said, "Brother 

Vogel, if you should be held up again 
by another man, you would have to trust 
the Lord to enable you to reach "back 
and get your gun to get the drop on 
the other fellow first." Yes. "Then 
why not trust the Lord entirely?" And 
all these thirty-one years I have not 
been held up since 1 have trusted the 
Lord. I am going to ask brother Ry- 
lander to give us a word." 

Mr. Nels Rylander, national treasurer 
of The Gideons : "I am pretty nearly 
on the same platform with President 
Vogel. The Lord Jesus has been enough 
for me. They tell me about the value of 
some of these lodges, even as the Chris- 
tian Science people tell me about some 
things of their"^ that they try to make 
me believe are superior to what I have 
got. I have said to them : 'When you 
can show me anything on this earth that 
is superior to the religion of Jesus 
Christ, I am walling to accept it, but so 
long as you have nothing better, why 
should I change?" As a traveling man. 
when I get something as good as I can 
get, I w'ould be a fool to change. Of 
course if they have something to offer 
me that is really better than anything I 
have got I might change : that would be 
all right, but when it comes to the re- 
ligion of Jesus Christ which is superior 
to evervthing that this world has seen. I 
have not thought it necessary to join an- 
other organization for spiritual help or 
in order to get business. And I have 
been holding my own pretty well, and T 
think I can continue to do so. Some 
folks join secret organizations in order, 
to help them in trade. It may help some, 
but I have found it absolutelv unneces- 
sary to do that. Some people say thev 
have to buy cigars and all such thintis 
to help trade. T find that it is unneces- 
sarv to 1ui\' cigars to be a successful 
commercial salesman. In the run tha* 
I have — our store sells cigars and to- 
bacco — T could sell lots of these things, 
but there are plenty of other things to 
be sold. I see in my cost book that play- 
ing cards are listed and of course I can't- 
change the cost book, but I don't need 
just the same to sell playing cards. T 
was converted in Sweden when a boy 
and T was a member at the same time 
Brother \^o,e:el was a member of this 
church and President Blanchard was the 



August, 1914. 

pastor. I am glad to be here tonight and 
give my testimony for Jesus Christ." 

^Ir. John Fisher, Ilhnois state treas- 
urer of The Gideons : "I am always 
glad to testify to the goodness and mercy 
of our God because He saved me. T 
have been a traveling man for about 
thirty-nine years. I started out on the 
road before I was twenty. My father 
was a minister of the gospel and I broke 
his heart many times. I didn't do the 
things that he would have enjoyed and 
would have liked to have me do. I didn't 
like the church and when I got to trav- 
eling and got away from home, the far- 
ther I got away from home the farther 
I got away from his God. I was forty- 
one or forty-two years of age when I 
came into the church and I came in un- 
converted, and I want to say that for 
about ten months I w^as one of the most 
miserable church members you ever saw. 
but at that time a change came into my 
life and after I had received pardon for 
my sins I was transformed into a new 
creature in Christ Jesus. My customers 
knew that a change had come into my 
life and they could always bank on any- 
thing that I recommended them to buy. 
I never did say that this or that is what 
you ought to buy, as I did before, when 
we had things that did not sell well, and 
I was told to go out and dispose of them. 
Then I would put those things first and 
recommend them, but not so after Christ 
came into my heart. Salvation helps us 
to do our duty, praise God. Our Sunday 
school lesson for next Sunday is a won- 
derful lesson. It tells us of the servant 
who is doing his duty for the Master 
and that when he has done it he is only 
an unprofitable servant. And that is 
what we are ; we are only doing our 
duty. We will never, as long as we live, 
place God under obligations to us. 

John A. Weakley, national secretary 
of The Gideons: "I am delighted to 
have the privilege of saying that the re- 
ligion of the Lord Jesus Christ does not 
furnish a cold storage plant for the pres- 
ervation of charitable commodities. The 
Lord Himself is our keeper and He pro- 
vides for us. 

The desires of the flesh form the an- 
gle worms for the devil's hook when he 
goes fishing for souls. 


Stenographic report of the address by Rev. 
Wilham Dillon, D. D., editor of the Christian 
Conservator, before our National Convention 
in The Moody Church, Chicago, May 21st, 

I selected my subject some time ago 
and communicated it to brother Phillips. 
Sin is in the world. Men are fallible, 
they err. It is said by some that all of 
us, except the Pope of Rome, are fal- 
lible. But they only declared him infal- 
lible in the year 1872. The Pope that 
lived in the days of Gallileo condemned 
Gallileo for saying that the world was 
round and moved, and made him recant 
and say it was not round and did not 
move ; but he later arose and said, 'Tt 
does move." And so men are fallible. 
God is not. 

The Masons say that if a man is a 
good Freemason he is a good Christian. 
I believe that the better Mason he is, 
and the better he obeys their laws, the 
poorer chance is there for him to be 
a Christian at all. That is my convic- 

Bishop Asbury said that Philip Wil- 
liam Otterbein, of the United Brethren 
church, was the most scholarly and pious 
man that ever crossed the Atlantic ocean 
and came to the United States. Mr. 
Otterbein said that no man could be a 
Freemason and be a Christian at the 
same time, and I endorse it. I think it 
is true. The Liberal United Brethren, 
when they came to erect his monument 
just a few months ago, got a Masonic 
bishop to deliver the eulogy for Philip 
Otterbein, when Otterbein himself said, 
"No Mason can be a Christian." 

I heard Henry Ward Beecher speak 
some years ago. He said that, as to 
fallibility and erring, all men, even the 
best men, sometimes make mistakes, and 
he said that in this sense, but not inten- 
tionally, everybody lied. He said doc- 
tors lied, and merchants lied, and preach- 
ers lied, and even lawyers have been 
known to lie. Remarkable ! They, the 
conservators of justice, lie? There have 
been instances where they have lied. 

Alexander the Great, when he had 
conquered the known and habitable 
world erred with wine and women. And 
Huerta, I think, erred in not firing the 
salute of twenty-one guns to our flag. 

Auetist, 1914. 



He could have avoided the seizure of 
Vera Cruz if he had shot off the cannon 
twenty-one times ; but he erred, and 
threw his country into great trouble. 

A man told me some time ago, that in 
an early day he came to Chicago, think- 
ing to buy some land here. He said lots 
were offered to him at that time tor two 
hundred dollars, right down in the heart 
of the city ; and he said he passed it by 
and went on the Centralia and made his 
investment. That was an error, was it 
not? If he had bought one of those lots 
he might have been a millionaire now. 

God, makes no mistakes; he is always 
right ; always correct. There are some 
things in which men have thought that 
God made mistakes but they have found 
out later that He did not ; that He was 
correct in His statement. There is a 
statement in the book of Job that says, 
"Thou stretchest out the North over 
the empty place." It w^as thought there 
was no meaning in that for years, until 
the great telescopes were made, the 
Yerkes telescope for instance, and then 
they threw out in the direction of the 
West and they found telescopic stars 
that the eye could not see ; and also the 
same to the South, and to the East, but 
when they threw the telescope to the 
North there was not a telescopic star 
in the North. One of the professors of 
Yale says that is an empty place, and all 
the stars in the North may be seen with 
the naked eye. God makes no mistakes. 

For a while it was thought that the 
Pharoah of the Exodus was not 
drowned ; but when they come to find 
the royal tombs of Egypt they found his 
predecessors in their tomb, embalmed, 
one of them with his four wives em- 
balmed and in the tomb. But when they 
came into the tomb (erected of course 
while he was alive) of the Pharoah of 
the Exodus, it was empty : it had no 
mummy. \M-iy? The Scriptures say 
God ''overthrew Pharoah and his host in 
the Red Sea." (Ps. 135 115. ) If they had 
found him in his tomb, skeptics and high- 
er critics would have harangued all over 
the country that it was not true. T put 
skepticism and higher criticism together, 
for they are twin sisters. 

Secret Societies Inherently Evil. 

Now I begin my line of argument giv- 
ing God's estimate of secret societies, 
by saying that you cannot, using all your 

ingenuity, make a good secret society. 
You may turn it to the best use, the 
most benevolent that ever was known, 
and you can no more make a good secret 
society than you could make stealing 
good. Bishop Hoss at the convention at 
Toronto, Can., said that he would as 
soon try to make an honest living by 
stealing as by selling liquor. I think he 
could just as well. Why can't you make 
a good secret society? I have a Bible, 
reason, a statement for it from the 
Scriptures. You read the statement of 
Jesus Christ where he says, ''This is the 
condemnation that light has come into 
the world, and men love darkness rather 
than light, because their deeds are evil. 
Everyone that tioeth truth cometh to the 
light, that his deeds may be made mani- 
fest that they are wrought in God. but 
he that doeth evil hateth the light, neither 
cometh to the light, lest his deeds be 

Now notice there is nof a man or 
woman in this house that can tell me a 
single act that He names. He does net 
name anything. Stealing, lying, murder 
or anv other crime in the list is not 
named. He only names the method 
taken, that is all. The method of secrecv 
is darkness. Paul explains it to us; I e 
exactly defines w^hat darkness is, and 
what light is. Paul says that '"whatso- 
ever maketh manifest is light," and the 
reverse would be whatever conceals is 
darkness. The Freemason says "always 
conceal and never reveal any part or 
parts of the mysteries of ancient Free- 
masonry." It is darkness; darkness, 
clearlv so. darkness of darkness, no- 
ticeable, cannot be denied ; and any per- 
son that takes that method for an or- 
ganization takes a plan that God Al- 
mighty puts His ban upon and denounces 
it as wrong in His Word. You cannot 
make a good secret society any more 
than ycu can make good stealing, good 
forgery, or good lying, or any other 
criminal thing. It is impossible. 

Tammuz or Adonis. 

Ezekiel gives us God's opinion on 
secret societies. Two definitely organ- 
ized secret societies are named in the 
Bible ; and God Almighty gives His 
judgment. His opinion, so to speak, of 
those two secret societies. There we can 
get God's exact estimate of a secret so- 


August, 1914. 

ciety. The secret society called by the 
Greeks. Adonis but by the Jews, Tam- 
muz, is named in the eighth chapter of 
Ezekiel. The legend is that Adonis was 
a very beautiful youth, that he was 
sought after by all of the females and 
they were jealous of each other; all 
wanted him. And hence Ezekiel speaks 
of it as the image of jealousy, for these 
two - parties were jealous of having 
Adonis as a husband or man. Ezekiel 
tells us that he was transported to the 
temple at Jerusalem — right to the door 
of the temple — and there twenty-four 
elders of Israel and another seventy eld- 
ers of Israel turned their faces to the 
East (you know Masons turn to the 
East, and the Master's place is in the 
East always), and their backs were to 
the temple; and then it says the high 
priest was found in the lodge of Adonis. 
Don't that make it a good institution, 
when twenty-four elders and seventy 
elders and the high priest get into it? 
Did it make the Masonic lodge good 
when the Methodist preachers got into 
it' It is a shame to have him there, 
and if he would be initiated in the same 
way before his audience, they never 
would hear him preach. Would they, 
if they saw him strip ofT his clothing, 
hoodwinked, the slipper put on his foot, 
the drawers rolled up and then be ini- 
tiated? And then hear him saying, 
''binding myself under no less penalty 
than that of having my throat cut across, 
my tongue torn out by its roots and my 
body buried in the rough sands of the 
sea at low water mark where the tide 
ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four 
hours." This is the obligation of the 
Entered Apprentice Mason. Would they 
want to hear such a minister preach? 

In the second degree he swears to 
have as a penalty his left breast torn 
open and his heart and vitals torn out. 
In the third degree he agrees to the oen- 
alty of being disemboweled. After all of 
this thev say to him as he puts his cloth- 
ing on, A^ou think you are a Mason now 
but you are not ; you have a long and 
thornv road before you in order to get 
there and be a Mason, and after that 
they seize him and say, Give us the 
"Master's word." He doesn't know it. 
It is Mah-Hah-Bone, of course, and 
Mackev says that it is from the Hebrew, 

Ala, who or what ; Ha, the article the ; 
and Bone, from boneth, a builder. He 
says it was an expression of surprise by 
King Solomon when they told him thai 
Hiram Abiff was murdered by Jubela, 
Jubelo and Jubelum. Every Alason that 
comes into the lodge enacts a falsehood 
and I do not wonder that some of the 
churches with Masonic pastors believe 
in higher criticism which is a little lower 
than the lowest infidelity. The Scriptures 
tell us that Hiram, the Tyrian, lived and 
finished his work on the temple. And 
we are told in history that he went back 
to Tyre and lived eleven years in Tyre 
before he died, but Freemasons enact 
the scene of his being killed in the tem- 
ple before the temple was completed, and 
it is a lie. Alasonry is a regular system 
of teaching falsehoods. So then Ezekiel 
says in the eighth chapter and fourteenth 
verse, "Women weeping for Tammuz." 
Tammuz was the Hebrew name of the 
society called Adonis and the women 
wept because Adonis was killed— the\' 
were seated by the North door out 
toward Mt. Lebanon — but the next day 
they rejoiced because Adonis was raised 
from the dead. 

The Resurrection. 

Alany of these great orders have the 
idea of killing and raising from the dead. 
Masonry goes through with it. The men 
in enacting the degree bury the candi- 
date and then the Entered Apprentices 
try to raise him ; then the Fellow Crafts 
try to raise him, and finally the Master 
tries but the candidate is so rotten they 
can not get him up. I think it is rotten, 
the whole business from first to last. God 
Almighty calls this great order of Adonis 
an abomination, denounces it as utterly 
wicked. Even though the high priest 
and elders of Israel are in it, that doesn't 
make it good at all, and when Methodist 
bishops and all these get into the secret 
orders it doesn't make them good either. 
I think it makes them worse. 

The Elusinian Mysteries. 

Now in the New Testament you have 
another secret order. In Ephesians, the 
fifth chapter, Paul tells us, "Have no 
fellowship with the unfruitful works of 
darkness, but rather reprove them, for 
it is a shame even to speak of those 
things which are done of them in secret." 
And Mathew Henry in his commentary 

All -n St, 1914. 



says that the Elusinian mysteries are the 
ones referred to. Clark says it is the 
Elusinian mysteries ; and the Elusinian 
mysteries was a secret society that you 
can find described at length in Rawlins' 
Ancient History. It was a good deal bet- 
ter than Masonry, and Paul forbids 
Christians to have any fellowship with 
it. It is better than Odd Fellowship and 
the Maccabees and Knights of Pythias 
that reject Jesus Christ. This great 
order did not do that. It was better 
than most any order that we have these 
days ; and Rawlins tells us that the 
Greeks said a man could never get to 
heaven unless he joined, and they told 
Socrates that he must join it, and they 
told Diogenes that he must join that 
secret society or he would wallow in mire 
and filth eternally if he did not join it, 
while the vilest that joined would surely 
go to heaven. Did he join? No. Soc- 
rates had too much knowledge and wis- 
dom to join a secret society. The less 
ability a man has the more apt he is to 
get into a secret society. These little 
Methodist preachers cannot have a very 
great following unless they join a secret 
society to boost them. Socrates would 
not join the Elusinian mysteries ; he was 
a radical. Diogenes was a radical. 

So we are forbidden to fellowship or 
to go into secret societies at all. Some 
way I have a great admiration for those 
churches that don't let anybody fellow- 
ship with them that belongs to a secret 
order. I have some patience with Con- 
gregationalists because each congregation 
is a separate body, but I belong to a 
church which has not a member of a 
secret society in it, and if I knew we had 
such an one I would get him out of 
that secret order or out of the church. 
Pigs and Puzzle Pictures. 

I never saw a minister of the Gospel 
that was a member of a secret society 
who had any spiritual worth. It oozes 
out when they join the secret order; 1 
care not how little the order is. 

Pres. J. Blanchard, that grand old 
man, when he lived told me how he es- 
timated the little and big secret orders. 
I never have forgotten it. I will tel^ 
vou what he said. He said of those 
hogs that Jesus sent the devils into, tha' 
some of them were great, big, ugly look- 
ing hogs, with great tushes ; some were 

moderate sized and some were little bits 
of white pigs, but he said all of them 
were hogs with the devil in them ; and 
that is the way with the secret order, it 
has the devil in it. 

These secret orders are puzzle pic- 
tures. You have seen puzzle pictures 
where you cannot see the dog, or the 
lion or the man, but when you have 
them pointed out you see them very 
plainly ; so they fool people and get them 
to think the secret lodge is a good thing, 
and when you point out the evil and 
error in them they see it every time 
they look. I got a Methodist preacher 
by the name of Armstrong out of the 
lodge of Freemasons some time ago. He 
came out weeping. One preacher of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, near Pom- 
eroy, Ohio, who was a grand man before 
he went into the secret order and rather 
brilliant. Our brethren liked to go and 
hear him preach. He was spiritual and 
good ; but he joined the Knights of Pyth- 
ias, and it grieved our brethren because 
they loved him, and they took him my 
book on Secrecy. I met him later and 
he said, 'T have no use at all for secret 
orders, 'Tt knocked the thing out of him. 

The Scriptures tell us how we should 
walk. "If we walk in the light as he is 
in the light, we have fellowship one with 
another." That is the main thing. I feel 
I have a good fellowship with all you 
men while I attend this association. 
While we prayed and talked I felt that 
God's spirit was with us. 'Tf we walk 
in the light," keep out of secret orders. 
"As He is in the light, we have fellow- 
ship one with another, and the l^lood 
of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us 
from all sin." "Ye are the light of the 
world. A city set 04i a hill cannot be 
hid," and everywhere throughout the 
Bible God condemns the spirit of secret 
societies, and whenever a man gets into 
them the hoops get loose and his grace 
leaks out. 

Deeds of Darkness. 

Men will do. under the cover oi secret 
orders, what thev never would do in 
the world in the light of public investi- 
gation. Take the case of \\'iniam ^lor- 
ean. Brother Green was a member of. 
the lodge, and he was present when 
thev decided to murder \\'illiam Morgan. 
There were two preachers in that lodge. 



August, 1914. 

and they counseled each person in that 
lodge as to what they should do with 
William Alorgan. Two preachers of 
the gospel ought to have been lights in the 
world, proclaiming the gospel of salva- 
tion, seeking the good of men ; and Green 
said when the question came to those 
two preachers, the first one said, "He has 
violated our obligations and he ought to 
die." Strange how the orders do per- 
vert the man. When they come to the 
other minister, Green relates that he 
said, "He has violated oiir obligations 
and he ought to die." Perverts, degen- 
erates ! They would make that of me 
if I got into them, but I never will get 
into them while I am warm or when I 
am cold. 

A few years ago you remember Chi- 
cago was startled when a man by the 
name of Dr. Cronin was murdered by 
the Clan Xa Gael. The Clan Xa Gael, 
an Irish society, decreed that Dr. Cronin 
for seme ofifense committed against them 
must be murdered. They hired a vacant 
house and a certain man called him to 
go and treat a case. Dr. Cronin inno- 
cently went to that house and there they 
killed him. Suppose that had been e^'- 
posed in the papers of your city, would 
anybody have sanctioned it? Xo. But 
they will do, under cover of a secret 
order, what never would be done openly. 
And then I recently got an item of 
history connected with the same event. 
There was a man, I am sorry to say he 
had the same name that I have, Dillon, 
who helped to bring the perpetrators of 
the murder of Dr. Cronin to justice. He 
was a member of the order, too, but he 
had enough morality so that he helped to 
bring the perpetrators to justice. He 
went to the city of Pittsburgh and the 
Irish society boycotted his shoestore. He 
got back into the secret order and gained 
their favor. You know the Irish hate 
the English and the Canadians, for thev 
are part of the British, and he proposed 
if they, the Clan Xa Gael, would fur- 
nish him a helper he would go over to 
Canada and he would blow up the Wel- 
lington Canal. Lake Erie is more than 
three hundred feet above Lake Ontario, 
the Wellington Canal is twenty-eight 
miles long with several locks. He pro- 
posed to go to Canada and put dynamite 
into the locks and blow up the locks and 

let Lake Erie and the Wellington Canal 
drown the inhabitants. They endorsed 
it and sent him ; and he tried it, set his 
dynamite, and it did not go off right, 
and he was arrested and in Canada tried 
and sentenced to the penitentiary for life. 
The Clan Xa Gael raised fifty thousand 
dollars to get that man out. They will 
do under cover of some secret order 
what they never would do otherwise. It 
is remarkable how it perverts men. 
God's Estimate of Secret Societies. 

And now this gives us God's estimate 
of secret societies in brief: Elusinian 
Mysteries He condemned, and the order 
cf Tamjnuz or Adonis is pronounced an 
abomination. There were secret orders, 
a little better than they have in this 
counlry, Chicago and elsewhere, and 
God pronounces one a great abomination 
and the other we are forbidden to fel- 
lowship. I will not fellowship a lodge- in my church ; I will treat him kind- 
ly ; I will not abuse a man because he 
is a Mascn. If I would do that, I would 
le as mean as he may be. He says, 'Tf 
you get into my clique, into my snail 
shell, I will be good to you, I will sit 
by you when you are sick, and give you 
a portion when you die. But now you 
are outside of my order, get into my 
snail shell." God's light and love re- 
quires that we treat a man well and peo- 
ple well everywhere. 

Try lodgemen under the law of love. 
Will they follow the law of love? They 
act under the law of selfishness ; but 
they say we are benevolent. The Odd 
Fellows is about as well managed as 
any secret order and you put in four 
dollars, and after a while you get one 
dollar for the four dollars you put in. 
Suppose I put four hundred dollars into 
a bank in Huntington, Ind., and they give 
back one hundred dollars and keep the 
three hundred, would I call that charity? 
Xo. That is the charity of the lodge, 
supreme selfishness. It takes four dol- 
lars to grease the wheels to carry one to 
those places where charity is needed. 
They keep the three dollars and give you 
back one, and say it is charity. I don't 
believe it is charity at all. There is no 
redeeming quality anywhere in secret 
societies. They are bad from first to 
last. Jesus condemned them and God 
condemned them, and good men every- 

August, 1914. 



where and every Christian man especial- 
ly ought to condemn them and not have 
any fellowship with them at all. Treat 
them kindly of course as men, but not 
fellowship them in church. I belong to 
a church that don't receive members of 
secret orders. Our church will never 
break up. It will last to the end of time, 
but if it should ever come to an end I 
would not go into these churches that 
are in cold storage and in fellowship with 
secretists, and have a pulpit over an ice 
box and a Masonic minister, an icicle 
six feet long, to cool them off; and if 
that does not do it enough then they 
have an ice cream supper to get the 
standard down lower. Here is the Free 
Methodist Church, a grand church that 
excludes secret orders, and I like that 
very well, and twelve Mennonite 
churches that exclude secret orders, and 
the Wesleyan Methodist, and at least 
twenty-seven denominations in our coun- 
try that don't receive a secret order, and I 
like them. I wish every church in the land 
would put their foot down against secret 
orders. They ought to do it. If they 
would not fellowship them at all, say, 
stand off where you belong, you don't 
belong with us — but we are like the old 
man that went to market with a jar 
of apple butter and a jar of smearcase 
to sell and his wife forgot to put in the 
second dipper, and so when a customer 
came in and said, *T want some apple 
butter," and another, "I want some 
smearcase," the old man dipped from 
one to the other until at last he said, 
'T have them so mixed I cannot tell 
which is the apple butter and which is 
the smearcase." So they get the lodge 
mixed in with the church and we cannot 
tell them apart. 

May God Almighty bless us and cause 
us all to put out testimonies against 
secret orders. When I was a little boy 
I used to go out in the field and take a 
big, flat stone and turn it over, and every 
bug and beetle would run when the stone 
was turned and in a few minutes you 
could not see one; so if all would turn 
the light on these secret orders they 
would run until they are gone. May God 
Almighty bless us and help us to be 
faithful in this work until we meet in 
heaven, where there are no secret or- 
ders ; and I don't believe the Devil is 

bad enough to have a secert order in his 

If you are in a lodge, get out of it. 
If you are out, stay out of it and use 
all of your power to keep other people 
out of the lodge. 


Whereas, The National Christian As- 
sociation in the prosecution of its great 
work of leading from Lodge darkness 
to Christian light desires the co-opera- 
tion of all Christians; and 

Whereas, Such light was never needed 
more than at the present time ; be it re- 

1st. We, the^nembers and friends of 
the National Christian Association in 
convention assembled, do most earnestly 
urge our fellow Christians of all denom- 
inations to join us in spreading informa- 
tion relating to the Lodge evil, believing 
that in so doing we will minister to the 
salvation of man, and extend the spread 
of Christ's most glorious Kingdom. 

2d. We would unite in praise to God 
for the enlarging fields of our work and 
the successes of the year past. 

3d. The conditions peculiar to our 
age in religious, political and social re- 
lations, should call forth the best en- 
deavor on our part to make the -way of 
life plain, and rescue, as far as possible, 
those being led astray by Lodge misrep- 

4th. In the awakening of the public 
conscience regarding many evils of our 
time we see reason for encouragement. 
Education regarding the social evil, in- 
temperance, and other national sins, is 
bearing much fruit. The light must dis- 
pel darkness. 

5th. The efforts of the ^Masonic and 
ether lodges to get their institutions into 
public favor by elimination and reforma- 
tion show something of the eft'ect of the 
anti-lodge agitation in its bringing the 
light to bear upon their deeds of dark- 

6th. While we favor labor unions, if 
non-secret, believing as we do in united 
cft'ort. in purchase, in collective bargain- 
ing, mediation and conciliation, we most 
emphatically condemn the spirit of mur- 
der so frequently connected with the 
secret labor unions. 



August. 1914. 

~. We believe the Sunday school 
workers who get children to unite with 
such organizations as the Knights of 
King Arthur are training them to favor 
lodges, whatever may be their intention, 
and such organizations should be con- 

Sth. If the recent declaration of the 
^lost Puissant Sovereign Grand Com- 
mander General of the Ancient Accepted 
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Thirty- 
third Degree for the Southern Jurisdic- 
tion of the United States of America is 
correct, that ]\Ioslem and Parsee, Prot- 
estant and Catholic unite at Masonic al- 
tars in peace, the efforts of The Menace 
to destroy the Catholic, while upholding 
the ^Masonic faith, will not avail. Albert 
Pike declared that more than one hun- 
dred thousand Catholics were connected 
with the Masonic lodge. Surely false 
worships work together. They should 
be classed together. 

9th. We heartily endorse the attempt 
to interest college students in this reform 
and hope as many of these as possible 
mav be sent out during the summer va- 
cation for our cause. 

loth. We desire to express our ap- 
preciation of the kindly aid so often and 
generously given to our work by the 
pastor and people of the Moody Church 
and wish them much of the divine bless- 
ing, as together we labor for the exten- 
sion of Christ's Kingdom. 


Mrs. H. a. Fischer. 
AV. B. Rose. 


In the closing paragraphs of Chapter 
XA'I of Felix Holt there is a lesson for 
us who are of the Brotherhood of Light. 
And not a lesson for minds alone, but one 
which speaks to the heart. Need it be 
interpreted and applied minutely for 
those who through the years have shared 
our special care and borne arms with us 
in the battles of the Kingdom? "He that 
hath an ear to hear, let him hear." 

Harold and Felix went out together ; 
and the minister, going up to his dull 
study, asked himself w^hether, under the 
pressure of conflicting experience, he had 
faithfully discharged the duties of the 
past interview. 

If a cynical sprite was present, riding 
on one of the motes in that dusty room, 
he may have made himself merry at the 
illusions of the little minister who 
brought so much conscience to bear on 
the production of so slight an effect. I 
confess to smiling myself, being skeptical 
as to the effect of ardent appeals and nice 
distinctions on gentlemen wdio are gotten 
up, both inside and out, as candidates in 
the style of the period; but I never 
smiled at Air. Lyon's trustful energy 
without falling to penitence and venera- 
tion immediately after. For w^hat we call 
illusions are often, in truth, a wider 
vision of past and recent realties — a will- 
ing movement of a man's soul with the 
larger sweep of the world's forces — a 
movement toward a more assured end 
than the chances of a single life. We see 
human heroism broken into units and 
say "This unit did little — might as well 
not have been." But in this way we 
might break up a great army into units : 
in this way we might break the sunlight 
into fragments, and think that this and 
the other might be cheaply parted with. 
Let us rather raise a monument to the 
soldiers whose brave hearts only kept the 
ranks unbroken and met death — a monu- 
ment to the faithful who were not 
famous, and who are precious as the con- 
tinuity of the sunbeams is precious, 
though some of them fall unseen and on 

At present, looking back on that day at 
Treby, it seems to me that the sadder 
illusion lay with Harold Transome, who 
was trusting in his own skill to shape 
the success of his own morrows, ignorant 
of what many yesterdays had determined 
for him beforehand. 

Saybrook, Ills., May 21, 1914. 
The Cynosure is fighting a- winning 
fight. Right is might. The foe is des- 
iderate but God is in His heavens and 
all will come out right. The prayers of 
all true Christians are with you and for 
you and, though it may tarry, victory is 
certain to come. 

Yours for the Cause, 

(Rev.) a. Augspurger. 

To strong men difficulties are not dis- 
couragements, but only sources of in- 
soi ration. 

August, 1914. 



V/ / 1 \ 

®1|^ Qlnmtug Conflirt 



A Taste of Bad Medicine. 

Groves did not speak. He seemed to 
be cowed. All was as still as death. Xo 
sound was heard save the dismal howl- 
ings of some distant wolves. Groves 
was thinking fast. 

"One minute !" said the man at the 
right side, who held the watch in his left 
hand and a cocked revolver in the other. 

The doctor knew that having gone this 
far they could not retreat even if they 
wished. It would be useless to argue or 
plead, to appeal to justice or mercy. 

The one holding the watch said in 
the same peculiar voice, "Two min- 
utes !" 

Cato. touched by a spur, moved a lit- 
tle, when the doctor dropped his pencil 
seemingly by an accident. 

"Please hand me the pencil, quick. If 
I must. I must." said Groves nervously, 
as if completely frightened. 

''Ah !" thought they, "an enemy con- 
quered and no blood shed." 

The man on the right stooped to pick 
up the necessary pencil, the one on the 
left, to give a little light, when suddenly 
sticking both spurs into his horse. Groves 
called out commandingly, ''Cato !'' 

Two men were seen to be of¥ their 
guard. AMiere the third was the doctor 
could not see. He had spent the time in 
planning. He hoped that as Cato would 
spring forward he would strike the horse 
in front of them and cause him to be- 
come unmanageable, and thus disconcert 
the rider. It was a desperate risk, but 
the only chance. As the word was given 
and the spurs struck. Cato sprang fully 
ten feet the first leap, jerking the rein? 
from his captor's hands, dashing against 
the unseen horse, and then bounding 
away like a deer. The two men. as 
soon as they could collect their thoughts, 
raised their revolvers and fired. But it 
was too dark to take aim. The bullets 
whistled over the doctor's head. The 
man on horseback was startled and be- 

wildered for a moment, but as soon as 
he could realize the situation and man- 
age his horse, he was running in pursuit.- 
Groves heard the clatter of hoofs not 
far behind. He gave loose rein and en- 
couraged his steed. The pursuer urged 
and cursed his. 

Cato was a thoroughbred Hamble- 
tonian with high withers, graceful limbs, 
neat hoofsi? beautiful head and long flow- 
ing tail and mane. In reference to him 
the doctor had often said proudly. '"A 
thing of beauty is a joy forever."' 

Although Cato was not young, he was 
no so old as to be stifT. Every limb was 
sound. Every muscle was' strong and 
active. If he could have been seen that 
night, as through the darkness and over 
the firm roads he madly plunged, with 
flashing eyes, distended nostrils, out- 
stretched neck, almost bursting veins, 
like whip-cords beneath his thin skin, 
and his long mane flying in the rider's 
face, who would have doubted his vic- 
tory in a fair race? Groves would have 
spurned the thought of being beaten. He 
could now have laughed at his compet- 
itor if it were not for the danger of :i 
revolver doing deadly work ere the dan- 
ger could be outstripped. Every shot 
seemed to increase the speed of Cato as. 
if he would outrun the whizzing bul- 
lets. On. on. on. he flew, wildly dash- 
ing through the darkness, over hills, 
through hollows, leaping culverts, skim- 
ming along level roads, bearing his mas- 
ter to safety. But still, with no mean 
horse running at his utmost speed, came 
the assassin swearing and shouting at 
his intended victim. But all in vain. 
The distance gained at the start had been 
greatly increased. A common horse wa< 
no match for Cato. The race for life 
was won. The race for death was lost. 
The strateg}' and bravery of the doctor, 
with the auick action of his horse in 
springing and running, had saved him. 
He paiised and waited several minutes 
when at a safe distance, but heard noth- 
ine more of his assailants. Thev had 



August, 1914. 

turned on another road, and were doubt- 
less making for the city. 

When Groves reached home his wife 
asked him if he had met a man who 
talked in a peculiar manner, with a husky 
voice and a foreign accent. 

"Yes ; was he here?'' 

"He was here and said that he wanted 
you to go and see his sick child." 

"Well, I met him," said the doctor. 
But because it would do little good and 
would make his wife and Edith uneasy 
if they should hear of his encounter, he 
had resolved not to speak of it to any 
one at all. 

He wrote a full explanation of the 
note handed him to sign, and an account 
of the affray, and locked all up together 
in his safe. But the events of that day 
and night were not unheeded. Groves, 
w^hile not neglecting his duties, was care- 
ful not to unnecessarily expose himself. 
Had it, he thought, come to this : A 
physician dare not ride out alone after 
night on an errand of mercy to the sick 
lest the institution of boasted charity 
waylay him ? Every action of the lodge 
confirmed the righteousness of his op- 

The next morning he sent to Mr. Bow- 
man the following note : 

Brandon, Sept. 20th, 18—. 

My Dear Sir: — Allow me after so many 
years to thank you again for Cato. He was 
a present from you in gratitude to me for 
employing the means of saving the life of 
little Maggie; and now your present has 
been the means of saving my life. 

Warren Groves. 

Dr. Groves thought that the remem- 
brance of Maggie's sickness and recov- 
ery might touch Bowman's heart. He 
believed that he owed his thanks again. 
If Mr. Bowman were ignorant of the 
whole afifair he would inquire about the 
meaning of the note. But no answer 
was ever received. 

Although his life was saved the per- 
secution did not cease. Annoyances al- 
most past numbering were heaped on 
him and his family. Were they not to 
blame as much as he? But neither he 
nor they complained, threatened or tried 
to retaliate. 

One morning before breakfast, Moses, 
the doctor's colored man, came in al- 
most breathless, with the startling an- 
nouncement, ''Cato's dead, for shoah !" 

Soon the whole family was at the 
stable. There was the line-blooded old 
horse lying dead and stiff in his stall. 

"He war all right las' night," said 
Moses, "but wen I ope'd the doah dis 
mornin' he war done gone dead shoah 

"Oh, dear! what was the matter?" 
asked Edith. 

'Tt's too bad!" said Mrs. Groves. 
"What killed him?" 

"Dunno but dat too much Antimas'nry 
killed him. He didn't com' of dat kin' 
of stock — couldn't stood it," said Moses^ 
remembering whence the horse came, 
and of Mr. Bowman's desire that the 
horse should find another owner. 

All regretted deeply the loss of Cato, 
not only because of his noble qualities, 
but also because of their attachment to 
him for what he had done. But on this 
ground the doctor had reason for grief 
which they knew not of. 

"Massa Doctah," said Moses, after the 
ladies had gone to the house, "dis ole nig- 
gah tinks Cato die mighty sudden." 

"Yes, he did," answered the doctor. 
"A horse does not complain of being 

"But dar am symtoms, by which de 
d'agnosis may be 'liably asatained by de 
doctah in charge of de boss, de same as 
in de man. Dat horse war 'joying per- 
fec' wellness las' night," 

"P'r'aps so! No, for shoah! He warn't 
a bit sick. An' dat dar boss didn't die^ 
I tell ye, of ole age ne'der if he wan't 
no colt," whispered the hostler. 

"No, he was not very old, Aloses ; but 
take off his halter and his shoes. They 
will do to use again. They are nearly 

"Take off dem shoes ! My goodness, 
Massa!" said Moses, showing the white 
of his eyes and looking terrified. "My 
goodness, gracious !" catching his breath, 
"Den all yer bosses die shoah ; an' — an' 
— mebby dis ole niggah die too !" 

'No danger, Moses, if you sprinkle a 
little salt on the hoofs first," said the 
doctor who had often tried in vain to 
reason him out of his superstitions, but 
who thought this time that he ought to 
calm his terrors. 


"Yes, sure. No harm will come fron> 
the shoes then." 

AuLnist, 1914. 



"Wall, now ! Why didn't you tell me 
dat afore, "stead of denvin' de solemn 

Moses got the salt and put it on the 
hoofs and began to pull the shoes. He 
was somewhat suspicious of the result, 
but Groves again assured him. When he 
had taken oft" one, he said, "Dun you 
'spose enybody am displeas' to obsarve 
vou wid dat boss ?" 


" 'Cause dat boss bring up onpleasan' 
'membrances. Somebody might feel kin' 
of env'us like, kin' of reg'lar mean." 

"Never mind, Moses, work away," 
said Groves. Moses took off slowly two 
more shoes. He believed the doctor's as- 
surance, but his faith lacked experience. 
Before he took off the last shoe, he said, 
"Massa Doctah, be you 'formed of a 
min'ral or fiuent substance by de which 
a boss mought be 'abled to 'part dis life 
purty sudden?" 

"Why so, Moses?" 

"Cause d'ye s'pose anybody 'moved 
dat boss by foul means, 'cause he 'sociate 
too much with 'fernal 'anties,' eh?" asked 
Moses hesitatingly. 

"Moses," said the doctor firmly, "don't 
mention that again to me or anyone else. 
Do you hear?" 

"Yes sah, but ole Alose' tinks it to 
hissef all de same," was the answer. 

"Well, keep such thoughts to yourself 
and it will be better for you and the rest 
of us. Such talk is more dangerous than 
taking off a dead horse's shoes." 

The doctor by no means neglected his 
profession to oppose the lodge. Only a 
few hours a month were required for 
the events here recorded. His practice 
was as large as he wished. He was em- 
ployed by all classes. The contention 
was not so bitter that all Masons and 
their friends forsook him ; not at all. He 
waited on some of their sick, and when 
engaged in a professional visit never 
mentioned this subject, unless others in- 
troduced it,' and he knew that it was a 
proper time and place to speak. 

One day previous to the death of Cato. 
and even before the exposition by Mar- 
tin, the doctor was some miles in the 
country in a community where for some 
unknown reason he had not been called 
recently, and when near the house which 
he was to visit, an old friend met him 

little longer 
been awav 

accidental!}- on the rcjad and e\e(l him 
cautiously, saying: "Well, Doctor, how 
are you, anyhow ?" 

"I'm well, thank \ou," replied the doc- 

"Completely well?" his friend asked 
him with his face expressing both sur- 
prise and joy. 

"Y^s sir, very well." 
"Y'ou have been sick?" 
"No, sir, not for years." 
The friend eyed him a 
and tried it again. 

"Ahem! \\>11. you've 
from home." 
"No sir." 

"Well — ahem ! Are you all right every 
way?" wa>s asked earnestly. 

"Why yes, certainly. Why do you 
ask? What is the matter with you?" in- 
c|uired Groves rapidly. 

"Nothing much," he said dul^iously. 
'What is it? Out with it.'' said Groves. 
'O nothing. I didn't for a moment 
believe it. I knew at the time there 
wasn't a w^ord of truth in it ; but I heard 
— indeed its, the common report in these 
quarters — ahem ! — that is, it was the talk 
that you were sick — ahem! — well, a lit- 
tle deranged in fact. It isn't so, is it'" 
said the man with a desperate eft'ort. 

Ha! ha!'' roared the doctor. "Don't 
ask a crazy man if he is crazy."" 

"Were you afflicted in any way ?" 
asked the friend. ' 

"No, not in the least, that I remember: 
but come nearer home and ask others." 

"No, I belie\e you and mv own eyes. 
But you have been reported crazy, and 
for that reason several when sick did not 
call on you. It was said that you rode 
some hobby and studied nervous dis- 
eases until you had it yourself." 
"Had what?" 

"A nervous disease resulting in insan- 
ity," said his friend not now afraid to 

"I think perhaps it was only a story 
told to injure me away from home." 

"^'ou have not an enemy in the world. 
have you, Doctor?" 

"I hate no man." said Groves, "and 
I try to give no man a reason for en- 
mity against me. lUit some men. driven 
by a tyrant over them, hate me without 
a cause, or merely because I am trying 
to slav their cruel master." 



August. 1914. 

"How is that?" 

The doctor explained the whole sub- 
ject and thus made one more antimason 
that day. 

He discovered soon that the report of 
his insanity had been very generally cir- 
culated in that direction, but it was a 
sufficient answer to know that when 
those who made and spread the story 
were very sick they sent for Groves. 

"Doctor," eagerly said an aged man 
who came a few miles from the other 
side of the village, "Can't you possibly 
ride out a little piece ?" 

"Certainly, if necessary," promptly 
answered the doctor. 

"I know that you have quit riding, 
but my daughter I am afraid will die. I 
wish that you could have seen her and 
saved her. It may be too late now, I 
fear it is, but come to see her just once." 
''Certainly ; I will be ready in a few 

"But, Doctor, why did you quit riding^ 
You could have saved my daughter's 
life. She was not very bad at first," 
said the frail old man. 

"Who said I had quit riding?" 
"O, several. It's the common report 
out our way," was the answer. 

"Do you remember any of them?" 
"Two or three from here told it first." 
"Who were they?" inquired Groves. 
"Don't ask; I can't give their names," 
the old man replied sincerely. 

"Don't give their names, but look ; 
were thev men who know and make 
these motions?" asked Groves, giving 
several masonic signs. 

"Eh!" said the old man surprised, 
knowing the doctor was not a member. 
"W^ere they men who do this some- 
times?" giving the due guard and penal 
sign of the third degree. 

"Y-e-s," came slowly and timidly. 
"Well, I am opposed to that institution 
and give my objections, and that is the 
reason the false report is spread around. 
I ride every day, and would cheerfully 
have waited on your daughter and saved 
her life, if possible, as I think it was." 

The frail old man saw through it all 
at once. He almost trembled with rage. 
"I am, or was, a Mason, but curses on 
the lodge. It has often wronged me be- 
fore, and now it has killed my daughter," 
bitterly groaned the aged father. 
(To be continued.) 



The day was ideal. In beauty nature 
was at her best. Under a bower of 
roses overlooking the lovely Seneca 
Lake, near Rock Stream, N. Y., Ruth, 
daughter of our eastern secretary, Willis- 
ton Blanchard Stoddard, was given in 
marriage Saturday afternoon, July ii, 
to Arthur Challen Baker. Mr. Baker 
was born in Canada. He is an entomolo- 
gist and came to the United States as 
a specialist in his line of work. He is 
employed in the Bureau of Entomology 
of the Agricultural Department, Wash- 
ington, D. C. Mrs. Baker, "our Ruth," 
was for three years a student in Wheat- 
on College where she has many friends. 
After October i Mr. and Mrs. Baker 
will be at home to their friends in Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

The Cynosure joins with many in 
congratulations, prayers and good wishes 
for lone: and useful lives. 


Eormer president Taft has a new title 
in addition to a great number previously 
won. Since his college graduation he 
has probably added A. M. to take the 
place of A. B., and surely he has the de- 
gree of L.L. D. He has also been called 
judge, governor, secretary, and presi- 
dent, and now he enjoys the titles ex- 
president and professor. Yet almost 
every one of his former titles has been 
shared by at least one person, and some 
of them with many. At length, however, 
he can crow over these compeers, for 
he has suddenly acquired a distinctive 
honor — distinctive apparently so far as 
those eminent Americans are concerned. 
To the line of letters already following 
his name can now be added W. R., or 
perhaps the full list of letters indicating 
the new dignity is G. W. R., for he has 
lately been initiated into the order of 
the Great White Rooster. With him 
Mrs. Taft was also made a Rooster, 

August, 1914. 



though perhaps not a suffraget. As the 
initiation of both was honorary, there 
will probably be no fresh agitation of 
the question who shall rule the roost. 

One ex-president is now on the top- 
most perch as a Great White Rooster, 
and what will the other one do now? 


We wish to advise our friends in Ida- 
ho that they have in Mr. E. H. Rettig 
one who is free from special obligations 
to a portion of the community, and hence 
is free to consider each question that 
may come before him, if he shall be 
elected, without bias or obligations to 
some lodge brother. 


We cai>not too strongly urge intensive 
rather than extensive study of Freema- 
sonry. By such study we mean that 
which secures deep and clear knowledge 
of a few facts, features or principles, 
in preference to slight knowledge of a 
multitude of incidental or subordinate 
details. Grips and passwords, signs, 
symbols and ceremonies, except as they 
are connected with matters vital, are 
safely neglected until deeper and more 
fundamental things receive adequate at- 
tention. Whether, then, one studies in 
order to become himself informed, or 
studies in order to be equipped for con- 
test or for teaching, this rule holds : first 
study for indispensable knowledge ; 
study things conclusive. 

Two Main Topics. 
Freemasonry itself guides into this 
kind of study by challenging recognition 
as a "religion of the highest type." and 
by calling itself a "beautiful system of 
morality." Here are therefore two main 
topics for study, and when any one dis- 
covers the truth concerning both of them 
he is settled in his own convictions. For- 
tified by conviction and equipped with 
knowledge, he is then ready for efficient 
service, even though not yet conversant 
with less important features like cere- 

monies or means of Masonic recognition 
among strangers. Whether he also 
knows more or not, he still knows 
enough to condemn Masonry with full 
condemnation, as soon as he clearly 
knows it to be a system of irreligious re- 
ligion and immoral morality. 


In secret have I said nothing, is a 
word freely quoted from the account of 
Himself given by our Master, as re- 
ported in the y\uthorized Version. It 
was in consequence of His reply to An- 
nas whicln^ included this word, that Jesus 
was struck the first blow. "The high 
priest therefore asked Jesus concerning 
his disciples, and concerning his teach- 
ings. Jesus answered him : I have spoken 
openly to the world ; I always taught in 
the synagogue, and in the temple where 
all the Jews assemble ; and I spoke noth- 
ing in secret. Why askest thou me? 
Ask those wdio have heard, what I spoke 
to them. Behold, they know what things 
1 said." 

This was the Master of the disciples ; 
if (juestioned, the A\'orshipful blaster of 
a lodge can make no such reply. " On 
the contrary, he can only say. In secret 
alone have I spoken anything. Xor can 
he appeal to hearers whom he has sworn 
not to tell what he said. The twofold 
contrast is doubly impressive. 


Under the heading .Deaths, a news- 
l)a])er notice includes this item : "He was 
a member of Hope Congregational 
Church and De Soto Lodge of Odd-Fel- 
lows." One is struck by the almost 
])arallel if not co-ordinate relation im- 
])lied. Inasmuch as many other combina- 
tions would at once be recognized as 
either shocking or ridiculous, thrusting 
upon the reader's attention their own 
manifest unfitness — or, rather, checking 
the writer's own pen — it is the more evi- 



August, 1914. 

dent that this did not seem unlit to him. 
It is easy to test the etlect of other state- 
ments, similar in form and equally proper 
in terms, as, for instance : He was a 
member of the Congregational church 
and the school committee ; or, He was a 
member of the Congregational Church 
and the Comity Fair Association ; or, He 
was a member of the First Congrega- 
tional Church and the grocery firm of 
Smith, Brown & Company. 

It is this tendency to treat lodges like 
churches, which adds special danger to 
their general activity and influence. 
Here is named a lodge belonging to an 
order which, in the strongly protesting 
yet unheeded words of one of its own 
grand lodges, is pointedly reproved for 
putting a ban on the name of Jesus. 
With it is named a church belonging to 
a denomination which has constant use 
for the Bible other than as something to 
swear on, and which makes unforbidden 
use of Jesus" name. The lodge sup- 
presses the name of the Mediator in 
every prayer : it virtually mutilates the 
sacred book which testifies of Him. 
Hence it is startling, not to add shock- 
ing, to find church and lodge nevertheless 
joined in the same sentence, in a w^ay to 
show that some writer regarded them as 
similar and indulged a mood which made 
it possible for him to write of a man 
who just then lay dead : "He was a 
member of, Hope Congregational Church 
and De Soto lodge of Odd-Fellows." 


Between secetarianism and secret so- 
ciety fanaticism there is an impressive 
resemblance which seems to reveal in- 
tellectual or moral weakness or aberra- 
tion in minds apparently sane or charac- 
ters which are after all known to be 
strong. One phase intensifies the strange 
impression, being apparently analogous 
to that aberration of eyesight called 
double vision or seeing double. It is this 

which astounds us when members of a 
sect confess its departure from Scrip- 
tural truth yet continue to abide prac- 
tically by error, or when members of a 
secret order, unable to defend its char- 
acter, nevertheless retain affiliation. So 
long and well have we been aware of 
strange phenomena of this type, that we 
were prepared to welcome promptly, as 
a striking explanation, an illustrative or 
corroborative passage occurring in the 
midst of a short paper on The Tradition 
of War, written by Randolph S. Bourne 
and issued as one of the publications of 
the American Association for Interna- 
tional Conciliation. Its principle rightly 
discerned and applied, seems able to at 
least partly account for this mysterious 
phase of human life and conduct. We 
reproduce it here for those to whom it 
may bring explanation of something felt 
but not understood, or of something 
known so well as to be warmly welcomed 
in fresh statement. 

Under the subheading The stubborn- 
ness of militarism, the author in the first 
place attributes its survival and persist- 
ent strength to the support of a vener- 
able military cast, with a definite body 
of military science and code of behavior 
and etiquette and drill, and a powerful 
esprit de corps. Here he throws in this 
illuminating passage to which we have 

"The history of many religious bodies 
shows that almost any institution whose 
organization is based on the principle of 
sharply graded authority and rigid obed- 
ience will have an enormous power of 
self-preservation, even long after its 
ideals and dogmas have come to be gen- 
erally regarded as utterly fantastic. 
Their long survival was proof of their 
rigid capacity for organization, and in 
no sense a proof of their inherent 

The author applies this by adding that, 
*'So militarism has its schools, its disci- 

Ansrust, 1914. 



pline, its quasi-hereditary organization — 
all that is needed to give it a soHdity of 
front against the most momentous of 
social changes or public opinion." 

Is there anything to hinder our mak- 
ing analogous application to the mys- 
terious phenomenon of the survival and 
strength of that anachronism called Free- 


"Why not trust to the inherent forces 
of human nature, in the confident assur- 
ance that these will be sufficient ultimate- 
ly to renew the face of the earth? The 
law of progress is elastic ; why seek to 
reduce it to rigid uniformity in method 
and result? Why not leave China, India 
and Africa to work out their own regen- 
eration in their own way, as we have 

"Because we have not done it. Because 
our Anglo-American civilization owes its 
origin, its energy, its conquering super- 
iority, to elements that were brought into 
it by the missionaries of Christianity. 
Until they came our ancestors were ig- 
norant, superstitious, cruel. That human 
nature is under a constitutional law of 
ethical progress is the purest of assump- 
tions, contradicted by all ethic testimony. 
All history shows that until the time of 
Christ the moral degeneracy of the world 
w^as rapid, continuous and universal ; and 
since then the path has been an upward 
one only for those nations which have 
received the Gospel. Elsew4iere the 
darkness still deepens, and no native 
prophets appear, clear of vision and 
strong of hand, to lift the millions 
from the grave of spiritual death. 
The forces requisite to produce such a 
result are not lodged in human nature. 
They must come from above. They must 
be carried abroad by those who have been 
made partakers of the heavenly light and 
life. The Gospel of Christ in our hands 
is the flaming torch that is to dissipate 
the world's darkness and the mighty 
hammer under whose blows its chains are 
to be broken and its prisons demolished." 
A. J. F. Behrends, D. D. 

The principle here involved covers 
proclamation of the Gospel in its special 
applications, as for example in its appli- 

cation to the rejection of Christ's rightful 
claims at the behest of an arrogant lodge. 
For if the whole (iospel requires procla- 
mation in order to become effective, 
every included part of it demands enun- 
ciation. Thus each detailed application of 
its principles lies open to this identical 
minuteness of treatment by the mes- 
senger. It is certain that cautious silence 
cannot do the errand of vigorous utter- 
ance. "How shall they hear without a 
preacher?" Who can hear what no one 
will speak? It seems impossible success- 
fully to deny that the range of the Gospel 
includes with the body of Christian truth. 
its special contents and their specific ap- 
plications to actual life. To silence any 
of them ^n the presence of error is to 
stack guns in the face of the enem}'. If 
history teaches anything, victories do not 
automatically happen. Moral victories 
follow when prophets cry aloud and 
spare not; but show the people their sins. 
When on the contrary one of them fled 
from his duty to embark on the silent 
sea, it cried out against him. Meantime 
the wicked citv which he shunned went 
recklessly on, but as soon as it heard the 
returning messenger's cry, it clothed it- 
self in sackcloth. In like manner the 
actual history of the Gospel has been a 
history of preaching. Hearing has been 
followed by repentance and faith ; but 
these have not sprung up spontaneously 
in fields of silence. Rule out slavery, rule 
out intemperance from the preaching of 
Christ's Gospel and his moral authority 
over the world, rule out swearing im- 
moral lodge oaths, and when will these 
things spontaneously develop their own 
reforms? If light does not disturb dark- 
ness, darkness will remain. It often needs 
to be turned purposely into the black 
moral depths of a lodge, and if that need 
is real the supply must be intentional. 

The relii^ion that has no sacrifice in 
it has no savin^- clement in it. 

]\[ake others haj->py and you will en- 
jov the reactionary intlneiico oi the hap- 
piness you impart. 

He or she either who is false to prin- 
ciple for peace' sake today will some day 
be minus that peace for lack of that 
very principle. 



August, 1914, 

flemg of @ur Pori 


On the lirst of last month. Rev. Wil- 
liam Harder, pastor of the Evangelical 
Lutheran church of Russell, Kansas, 
and Secretary of the Wartburg and Ne- 
braska Synods, read a paper before the 
^Ministerial Association at his home town 
on "The Church and the Lodge." His 
synod does not allow a preacher to be- 
long to a secret society, and by a reso- 
lution in 19 12 it urged the pastors to 
testify against secret societies, and to 
instruct the church members in regard 
to the lodges. Brother Harder closes 
his letter : "May God bless you and the 
Work of the N. C. A. and all the work- 
ers in it." And we can say the same 
of the Pastors of his Synod, who are 
so faithfully lifting up a standard in our 
country against the heathenism so much 
in evidence to-dav. 

Gushing, Okla., July 8, 1914. 

I have no objection to you publishing 
my name as a come-outer of Masonry. 
I am a real come-outer from the third 
or Master's degree. I was once afraid 
to "come out of her." I was afraid that 
I might be called upon to do something 
that I ought not to do. But after study- 
ing the matter over, I became convinced 
that the safest thing for time and etern- 
ity was to come out and expose evil, 
Avherever it might be, regardless of con- 

I have circulated expositions of Ma- 
sonry and tracts over this Southwest 
country, but I have never seen much 
good from it. I have heard some good 
Masons cuss and swear and threaten, 
and make the signs of the penalties, etc. 
But mv reasons for coming out from the 
lodge are clear to myself, and very easy 
to be found by reading the Christ life. 
Man cannot serve in the two kingdoms 
of Light (Christ), and Darkness (Sa- 
tan). The reason that Satan has so 
much sway, or power, is because of the 
darkness in the churches. 
Yours very truly, 

A. W. Austin. 


The following is the condition of the 
treasury of the Iowa State Christian As- 
sociation on the date of July 8, 1914: 
Received from ex-treasurer 

Branson $12.71 

Payment of subscription i.oo 

From the Christian Refd. 

Ghurch, Games, Iowa 7.06 

A. H. Brat, Treasurer. 
Otley, Jozva. 

''All that I am, all that I hope to be, I 
owe to my angel mother." 



It is said ''man proposes but God dis- 
poses." I do not find conditions in Can- 
ton, Ohio, favorable to working the mid- 
summer convention on short notice, as I 
had hoped. The sickness of one counted 
on to help, together with many meetings 
on hand, make it appear best to defer 
our special effort here. There are open 
doors for meetings that will assist. Our 
Mennonite friends are starting special 
tent meetings. Since my last writing- 
God has been good, and some help has 
been given the work in the eastern sec- 

The most important event, I may note, 
is the marriage of our daughter Ruth, 
which occurred at Rock Stream, N. Y., 
July II. I cannot in a general report 
write of family affairs. Every home 
has its interests, and even the busy re- 
form worker will be excused from the 
work in the field for such important 
home duties. During the Sabbath spent 
at Rock Stream, N. Y., I listened to an 
able sermon preached by the pastor of 
the Presbyterian church in the morning. 
"The good is often the enemy of the 
best." This statement was suggestive 
to the writer. The question naturally 
raised was how can this be true? Talk- 
ing with a farmer much taken with his 
Grange lodge I could see the belief that 
he could buy and sell to advantage to 
him overrode every other consideration. 
The heathen origin of the institution, the 
fact that the meetings held Saturday eve- 
ning kept him away from church and 
took away an appetite for that which 
is best did not count with him, so long 
as he thought he was getting dollars and 

August, 1914. 



cents. Xo one questions that the getting 
of money is good if rightly secured and 
used, but if gotten at the sacrifice of the 
soul's interest it surely becomes an enemy 
of the best. 

The series of meetings undertaken in 
Brethren churches in Lancaster County, 
Pa., showed a live interest on the part 
of these people in the matters discussed. 
All were well attended and supported. 
It was estimated there were five hun- 
dred present at Manheim. I found the 
Washington, D. C, congregation enjoy- 
ing a healthy growth. It is a great 
pleasure to note the growth of anti- 
secrecy churches in times when there is 
such a breaking away and going with 
the world on the part of the masses. 

Coming north through the Cumber- 
land Valley brief stops were made at 
several towns. State President Burton 
and others urged that I remain for meet- 
ings at Chambersburg. There was also 
a call for help at Waynesboro. I felt 
that my work was needed at Shiremans- 
town and vicinity. Meetings were held 
at Mechanicsburg and Slate Hill that 
awakened interest and gave strength to 
the right forces there. How often I wish 
I were forty people instead of one, that 
I might respond more to the great need. 
When I was informed that Brother 
Adam Xicklas of Chambersburg was 
among those called to the higher life, I 
was not surprised. When I began re- 
form work in the Cumberland Valley T 
found no more staunch supporters than 
the Xicklas brothers, Peter and Adam. 
Peter died some years ago and now 
Adam, together with the wife, has gone 
to join in the blessed reunion on the 
other side. What they gave for Christ 
and the upbuilding of His kingdom is 
now worth vastly more to them than all 
earthly acquirements. 

Coming via the Erie railroad en route 
for Canton, Ohio, I made a few stops. 
Found the Free ^lethodist force at 
Union City, Pa., had just been increased 
by the arrival of a new baby in the pas- 
tor's home. Special prayer was oflfered 
for the work and workers by some of 
the "pilgrims,"' and your agent was much 
strengthened by the good helpers. Meet- 
ings were held in Union City last March. 
A voung married woman who had many 
relatives in the lodge was about to unite 

when she heard my lecture. She re- 
joices much in that lecture, for it saved 
her from the snare. She has united with 
the anti-secrecy church instead, and 
though despised by some, rejoices in the 
liberty of the child of God. Her husband 
was strongly inclined to unite with the 
lodge, but has not yet done so. It is 
hoped that he, too, may be kept from 
this snare set for his soul. A young lady 
told of her great pleasure and profit in 
reading the continued story now run- 
ning in the Cynosure. 

There are hosts who join me in thanks 
to God for President Blanchard and his 
devotion to the good cause. I wish every 
one could read his article in the July 
Cynosure Over and over, and over 
again the reform worker is assured that 
if lodge people will only "live up" to 
the teaching of the lodge they will be 
saved. How forcefully President Blanch- 
ard calls attention to the fact that we 
are not saved by ''living u.p" to any- 
thing. Those who are saved ''live up," 
but no one can ''live up" until they are 

May God lift us all up and give us 
greater power to lift up those who are in 
need on every hand. 

For the present I press the work as 
I find the opportunity in Ohio.. Weather 
is seasonable and crops looking well in 
this section. How good God is I How 
little we appreciate His gifts I 



The past six weeks have been among 
the most strenuous I have ever spent in 
the Lord's work. And I have been in 
many strenuous campaigns in union re- 
vival work, in no-license campaigns and 
in efforts to stamp out the glaringly 
worldlv practices in various churches. 

In no other work, however, have I 
ever found such a quick and vicious re- 
sponse on the part of the enemy to everv 
statement of the facts : in no other work 
have I ever witnessed such a readiness 
to invent malicious falsehoods in order 
to discredit the workers, or to resort to 
violence in order to silence him as in this 
work of giving our testimony against 
the secret orders. 

I more than half suspect that the rea- 



xAuffust. 1914. 

soil why many gocd men, preachers and 
evang-elists so generally avoid this sub- 
ject is not because of their "wisdom" or 
their devotion to the "simple gospel," as 
it is because of their fear of the demons 
that are at once let loose when the truth 
is told concerning the false worship of 
the lodges. It is indeed much easier to 
"let them alone," but w^hen we consider 
to what extent they are handing over 
their converts to these Christless socie- 
ties to be drilled by them in heathen 
ways, though often in language clothed 
in Scripture phraseology, and to offer 
prayers from which the name of Christ 
is carefully excluded — to form associa- 
tions that are not within the Christian's 
privilege ; to sw-ear away their Christian 
liberty in vulgar oaths with barbarous 
penalties attached ; to adopt secret meth- 
ods that are much more fitting for a 
counterfeiter or a thug than for a decent 
man, let alone a Christian — when we 
consider to what extent ministers are 
doing this today, it seems to me that 
more prophets are due to speak out on 
this subject, even though the profits may 
be somewhat curtailed thereby. 

I have been especially impressed by 
the following facts, some of which I 
greatly regret and record with sadness : 

First. The most bitter and vitupera- 
tive enemies of fair play and free speech 
on this subject are not found among the 
lawless thug element but are quite gen- 
erally found to be respectable citizens, 
and frequently prominent leaders in the 
churches. Men who are loud in their 
condemnation of the "Knights of Colum- 
bus" as the foes of free speech, boldly 
insist that nothing shall be said on the 
lodge Question except what is favorable 
to it. The violence that is denounced in 
a Knight of Columbus as a vice is at 
once pronounced a virtue when used on 
behalf of Masonry or Odd Fellowship. 
Some Examples. 

In Lowell, Michigan, it was a phy- 
sician and a trustee of the Congregation- 
al Church who used language that would 
not look well in print to express his 
hatred of the writer, who on the previ- 
ous Sunday had given his testimony 
against Masonry and its brood of small- 
er orders, nothwithstanding I had put 
upon the witness stand such men as Dan- 
iel Webster, Charles Sumner, Wendell 
Phillips, President Finney, D. L. Moody, 

Joseph Cook, President Blanchard, A. 
t. Dixon, R. A. Torrey, Francis E. Wil- 
lard and others, repeating the strong 
w^ords used by them in condemnation of 
the lodge. 

At Rulo, Neb., it was a church trustee 
who put it thus with much gusto : "You 
are a traitor and ought to be strung up 
by the neck !" 

At Verdon, Neb., it was a prominent 
woman, a member of the church in which 
we met, who, at the close of the service, 
rushed towards the pulpit, shaking her 
fist and shouting, "You are a vile hypo- 
crite and if you know what's good for 
you, you'll take the next train out of 
town. If you don't you'll be sorry for 

At Humboldt, Neb., where the mayor 
kindly escorted us home after a very suc- 
cessful meeting at the Park, and where 
a howling mob followed us several 
blocks calling for "eggs," "tar" and other 
similar "arguments," I was told that 
among the mob was at least one Sunday 
school teacher, and if I had really been 
treated to a coat of tar, no one in town 
would have been better pleased than a 
Sunday school superintendent, unless 
perhaps it might have been the pastor 
of his church. There were about three 
hundred people at the Park, and after 
about an hour and a half the meeting 
came to a sudden close by reason of a 
vicious dog fight started at my feet. 
Then I realized for the first time that 
others had been making "plans" that 
were to be put in operation at this meet- 
ing. When I saw the men closing in on 
me, I turned to get out of the center and 
very providentially walked right into 
the hands of the mayor, who had to ac- 
company myself and Mrs. Murrman to 
the very door of the house where we had 
our rooms. Humboldt's mobs are not 
m.ade up of the saloon element but of 
men who know all about "Masonic char- 
ity" and who also adorn themselves with 
the three links indicating "Friendship, 
Love and Truth." Yes, indeed ! 

In our Lord's day it was the self- 
righteous Pharisees and the elders who 
were the bitterest enemies of the truth, 
while the Publicans and the harlots were 
nearer the kingdom of heaven than they. 
It is so still. 

Second. The testimony of pastors has 

Auo:nst, 1914. 



been almost unanimous to the effect that 
their lodge association has not helped 
their churches as they had hoped it 
would. Some pastors have joined the 
lodges with the sincere desire of thus 
reaching the men and winning them to 
Christ and the church but thus far none 
have been found who testify to the suc- 
cess of that effort. On the other hand 
most of them are frank to say that they 
beHeve it has hurt more than it has 
helped them to win men. Not a few 
pastors reveal the fact that they thought 
it would help them financially, would 
boost their salary or make it easier to 
collect it. Invariably the result has been 
that the more lodge men that were added 
to the church, the more difficult became 
the financial problem, the best givers al- 
ways being those who are opposed to 
lodges or are non-members or only nom- 
inal members, while the enthusiastic 
lodge members who are church members 
give little or nothing. Many country 
ministers today who went into the lodge 
expecting to get a ''bigger piece of pie" 
are apparently getting no dessert at all 
and are really finding that their dinner 
is practically over when they have fin- 
ished their soup — and it's pretty thin 
soup at that. 

Third. The religion of the lodge is 
fast becoming the religion of the church. 
The idea that a good life is sufficient for 
salvation, like leaven, is fast leavening 
the lump, so that many today in our 
churches cannot see that there is any 
radical difference between the lodge and 
the church. We have even found pas- 
tors who imagined that believing in a 
supreme being makes one a "believer" 
in the New Testament sense. From such 
a position to that of gathering men of all 
religions "around one common altar" is 
a short step. The "universal Fatherhood 
of God" is also easy to one of that per- 
suasion and I am often shocked to find 
that all of these notions are essential 
parts of the religion of many in our 
orthodox churches ; they have been im- 
ported from the lodges in larger meas- 
ure than we dream. As pastors and 
evangelists we need to pray for boldness 
as the Apostles did so often, according to 
the record — for boldness to bear testi- 
mony against this modern form of demon 
worship which deceives men with its 
altars, prayers and Scripture texts, minus 

everything that is vital to salvation. 

In concluding this, my first letter to 
the Cynosure, I desire to correct an 
error which appeared in the last issue 
and for which I was responsible. In 
stating the facts about the lodge window 
in the Rulo church, I should have said 
that three lodges are advertised on it and 
that the central one is that of the Odd 
Fellows instead of the Masons. While 
no wrong has been done the church by 
this mistake, I want my statements to 
accord with the facts. 

Tecumseh, Neb., July i6, 19 14. 



I have not been able to do much trav- 
eling the past month, but thank God I 
have done some very telling and effective 
house to house missionary work, praise 
His holy name. I paid two visits to 
Carson, La., delivering two sermons, and 
also a specially prepared address on the 
19th of June. Unfortunately the Ne- 
groes of this section erroneously cele- 
brated June 19 as "Emancipation day," 
instead of January ist. This is due first 
to a lack of proper historical informa- 
tion on their part and second to an un- 
wholesome desire of some fairly well 
educated Negroes to use June . 19th as 
a day of financial speculation made pos- 
sible by entertainments at the big gath- 
erings. It was January i, 1863, that 
President Lincoln signed the "Emanci- 
pation Proclamation" declaring all Ne- 
gro slaves henceforth and forever free. 
The Negroes through the length and 
breadth of this country ought to make 
January ist, and each succeeding year, 
a Jubilee of rejoicing and giving of 
thanks and praises to God for His many- 
fold blessings, and perpetuating the 
memory of Abraham Lincoln by paying 
just and richly deserved honor to his 
name. Nevertheless, having been espe- 
cially invited by the good people of Car- 
son, I availed myself of the opportunity 
and delivered to them a specially pre- 
pared address in which I pointed out the 
dangerous and debauched condition into 
which oath bound secret societies are 
plunging the people, and how they are 
causing great spiritual declension and 
dearth in the Christian Church. There 
was a respectful gathering of both col- 



August, 1914. 

ored and white liearers, many of whom 
gave hearty approval, while a few 
walked away murmuring. I secured sev- 
eral Cynosure subscribers. 

I have ^'isited and preached at Pick- 
ering, La., and also at a station far back 
in the country. I held a week's meeting 
and "Ministers' Institute" at St. Mary 
Baptist Church, Barham. One of the 
newly organized lodges, Independent 
Sons and Daughters of Love, has about 
died out at Barham but the people there 
are strongly lodge inclined. I have had 
the pleasure of preaching several ser- 
mons and delivering two lectures at 
]\Iount Olive Baptist church this city. 

We have just had quite a bit of ex- 
citement in Leesville. From information 
which seems very reliable, a young white 
man named Bulloch of this city and a 
Negro named Smith had some words 
Tune 19th, when the white man threat- 

?d to kill the Negro, but was pre- 

nted. On July 2d the Negro had oc- 
N^asion to go to the Nona Sawmill. There 
he met Bulloch and it is said by eye wit- 
nesses that Bulloch beat the Negro very 
brutally, using an iron hammer in giv- 
ing him several blows. The Negro went 
home, armed himself and waited for 
Bulloch, when Bullock passed in the 
afternoon the Negro fired several bul- 
lets from a Winchester rifle, killing him 
instantly. This greatly incensed a large 
element of the white population and a 
crowd was quickly gathered of white 
men and boys ranging from ten years of 
age and up. Excitement ran high for a 
while ; many threats were hurled against 
the Negro populace and several Negro 
houses and the Mount Olive Baptist 
Church was broken open and searched. 
Threats were made against the Negroes, 
but soon Mr. G. R. Ferguson and other 
leading white citizens got together and 
stopped further trouble and bloodshed. 
Everything has quieted down and seems 
now to be normal. Mrs. Davidson, who 
has never manifested dissatisfaction or 
uneasiness in the past, has become very 
nervous and has not rested a night since 
July 2d. Because of opposition of the 
lodge and of all kinds of unreasonable 
falsehood and misrepresentation, she is 
fearful lest they use a time of excite- 
ment to wreak vengeance upon us, since 
police protection here is very inadequate. 

She is very desirous of returning to New 
Orleans where her relatives can look 
after her when I am absent and where 
better police protection is assured. I 
am wholly trusting in Him who saith 
*'Lo I am wnth you alway even unto the 
end of the world." I am His Child and 
He is my Father. Again He saith, 'Tret 
not thyself because of evil doers, nor be 
thou envious against the workers of in- 
iquity." Oh that we might have a quali- 
fied consecrated ministry to lead the peo- 
ple and preach a whole gospel and con- 
demn every sin and abomination of 
modern times. 

"] have pulled oflf my shoes, how shall 
I put them on?" Praise God I am stand- 
ing on the holy ground of His Word. 
I ask the prayer of the faithful of the 
Lord, dear co-workers, I will greatly 
appreciate a word of encouragement 
from you at any time. 


Argenta, Ark., July 6, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I have been up to Little Maumelle 
near the mountain country. We were 
at an old-fashioned camp meeting and 
God used us to His glory. White and 
colored people came ten miles to the 
meeting, which was full of the power of 
the Holy Spirit and men, women and 
children came to the altar for prayer. 
I told of the sinfulness of the Alasonic 
lodge. I told of their oaths and penal- 
ties up to the Royal Arch degree. I 
said, my brothers, I believe you are really 
converted but you don't know anything 
about the leading of the Holy Spirit. We 
need the Holy Spirit, even the Spirit of 
Truth. (John 14:17.) No one should 
belong to such organizations as the Ma- 
sonic lodge and the labor unions which 
swear to kill men, and sometimes do kill 
them, if they dare to open their mouth 
about their deviltry. Think of that strike 
out in Colorado. That is what the unions 
cause men to do to get higher wages, 
killing each other, and women and chil- 

I remember when I was quite young, 
that some colored men, who belonged 
to the Knights of Labor and my brother 
also, who belonged to it, used to sing a 
song: ''We'll show Jay Gould, the mil- 
lionaire, who monopolize our land, that 

August, 1914. 



the Knights of Labor are in power and 
they hold the winning hand." I asked 
my brother what it was that they meant 
to show the millionaire and he said, "We 
have to do all the rich people's work and, 
if we are Knights of Labor, we can de- 
mand higher wages and if they don't 
pay we will strike and quit all the work." 
I said, Well, suppose you do strike, other 
men that are not in your order will work 
in your place. He said, ''If they do, we 
w411 kill every last one of them." I said, 
My God ! The Negroes had better stay 
out of that sort of thing. In a few 
months the Knights of Labor lodge that 
my brother belonged to went down, and 
I was glad of it. I said to the great con- 
gregation of white and colored men, I 
see now what my brother was talking 
about since I have read of the killing 
which has been done in Colorado. And 
brothers, you may think I am going too 
far, but I believe this to be the truth, 
that no man can serve God truly and be 
a Mason too. There were many Masons 
and Union men at the meeting. 

I gave out the tracts you sent me. The 
white people w^ere seated outside in the 
great bush-arbor we had prepared for 
them. W^e had lights out there and 
when we gave them the tracts they did 
not wait to go home but read them right 
there. I said to them, God loves His 
children and don't want any of them to 

A man came to me after the service 
and said, "Are you a Mason?" I said. 
No, indeed. God forbid that I should 
ever be in a thing like that. He said, 
"Well, I am a Mason and you have told 
all our secrets and I don't know how you 
got them.'' I said, Read that tract called 
"Freemasonry" and the other one called 
"The W'orship of Secret Societies Of- 
fered to Satan." I then told him about 
the X. C. A. and all about how the ]\Ia- 
sons killed Morgan. He said, "Well, 
you know it all." 

When we went home that night the 
old gentleman with whom we stopped 
said, "Brother Roberson, your wife is on 
dangerous ground. I used to be a Ma- 
son and I know what I am talking al:»out. 
I had taken seventeen degrees and when 
my church, the Primitive Baptist, found 
it out thev turned me out because they 
don't allow their members to belong to 

secret societies." M\- husband said to 
him. We are not afraid of dying. We 
may have to die while in this meeting, 
and if so, we are called according to His 
purpose. (Rom. 8:28.) 

The old man said, "Sister Roberson. 
I am out of Masonry now and I am glad 
of it but I will have to die with the 
secrets in me for if I tell them they will 
kill me." I replied. If I were one, I 
would tell the secrets just as I am now 
doing. He said, "Yes, and if you don't 
stop telling on us it will go hard with 
you. xAs soon as they hear any of their 
secrets told, they call a meeting to see 
what plan to adopt to stop it and to find 
out where the secrets were gotten. 
Now," he^aid, "will you tell me if you 
are a Mason?" I said, No, do you think 
I would let a lot of men strip me of my 
clothing and put a rope around my neck 
and swear me to conceal murder? He 
said, "If you have never been a ]\Iason, 
you will have to let them make you one 
and if you don't they will kill you. There 
were high Alasons there last night, both 
white and colored and some union men 
also." I said, Thank God they heard the 
Word of truth and if they will accept 
and continue in the Word of truth, it 
will make them free. (John 8:31-32.) 
He said, "Sister Roberson, you are not 
afraid?" I replied. The Lord -took all 
fear away from me years ago. He re- 
plied, "I am afraid for you for I know 
what the Masons can do." I said to him. 
Did you quit your Masonr}^ because you 
saw the sin in it or because the church 
did not allow you in it? He said, "I saw 
how sinful it was before my pastor knew 
that I was in the lodge. We had to send 
too many to the city of refuge that ought 
to have been hung or put in prison for 
life. Masons protect each other from 
punishment for all kinds of evil work. 
In the courts, in the state and national 
governments, in the church and even in 
time of war, wherever they are, ^Fasons 
protect each other whether right or 
wrong. That did not suit me and there 
are many other good men who don't like 
that sort of thing either but we dare not 
open our mouths for if we do they will 
kill us." He said, "When they find out 
where you get those secrets they are go- 
ing to kill the men you get them from." 
T replied. 1 will tell them all about the 



August, 1914. 

N. C. A. and its men, for they are not 
afraid to die for the truth. My friend 
said, "Do you know that all the leading 
men, such as the President of the United 
States, are Masons?" No, I don't think 
all the leading men are Freemasons, but 
if they are, God's Word is for them also, 
for God is no respecter of persons. 
(Eph. 6:9.) Later on the old man said, 
''Well, go on, if you are not afraid." 

The news spread and the next night 
we had wagon loads of both white and 
colored men come to the meetings. I 
was sick that night and told my husband 
that he would have to conduct the meet- 
ing by himself, but when all these men 
came, the old gentleman said, "Sister 
Roberson, all these men have come out 
tonight to hear you talk." I fell down 
on my knees and asked God to give me 
strength in my body and to fill me with 
the Holy Spirit that I might be able to 
deliver the message, and Oh ! how He 
did give me strength to speak, and power 
with the Word. They all went away 
well pleased and said. The Word of the 
Lord is right. God's children are caught 
in the Devil's trap and nothing but His 
Word will deliver them. I cried and 
prayed all night for these dear men, old 
and young who are in the Devil's traps. 

I like Dr. Blanchard's tract called 
''Modern Prophets of Baal." I keep 
them to give to the preachers. May God 
bless Dr. Blanchard and may he live long 
and open up the eyes of scores of blind 
preachers. Well, thank God for you all. 
We are going through with Jesus to the 

Lizzie Roberson. 


The following is an extract from a 
letter written by Miss Eliza F. Potter, 
Leonardsburg, Ohio, to General Secre- 
tary Marion Lawrence, the well-knowii 
Sunday school worker : 

"I see that the theme of the Interna- 
tional Sunday school convention was : 
'Jesus Shall Reign,' and I also note in 
your report to the convention that you 
give it emphasis. 

"The theme is well chosen. It is the 
right of Jesus to reign on the earth and 
especially in the hearts and lives of His 

"Freemasonry claims to be a religion 
that saves men from all sin, and purifies 
them for heaven. But Masonry ex- 
cludes the name of Jesus Christ where 
it occurs in the Scriptures which are 
read in the lodge. 

'Ts it consistent to say in public that, 
'Jesus Shall Reign' and in secret to re- 
ject him? Please tell if this is done." 
"Yours for light, 
(Miss) Eliza F. Potter." 


Chicago, July 8, 1914. 
Miss Eliza F. Potter, 

Leonardsburg, Ohio. 
My Dear Miss Potter: 

Yours of the first at hand. I am glad 
you liked the Theme of the Sunday 
School Convention. It was a great con- 
vention in every way, and we sought to 
have the plan exemplify the theme. I 
wish you could have been present. 
Yours in the work, 
(Signed) Marion Lawrence, 

General Secretary. 

Aunt Spine terly — I hope that your 
opinions uphold the dignity of our sex, 
Mamie, and that you believe that every 
woman should have a vote? 

Mamie — I don't go quite so far as 
that, auntie ; but I believe that every 
woman should have a voter ! 



Being Familiar Studies in the Book of 

Presfdent Wheaton College. 

I BELIEVE that the church In this ag« 
sorely reeds the teachlnpr of this book (the 
Revelation) — needs It for guidance, for 
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[Stenographic report of the address by- 
Rev. E. Y. Woolley, Acting Pastor of The 
"Moody Church, before our National Con- 
vention in The Moody Church, Chicago, 
May 21st, 1914.] 

Mr. Chairman and members of the 
Convention : In the ten minutes that I 
have, I am going to take it for granted 
that the previous speakers have proved 
that the principles of secretism are an- 
tagonistic to the principles of Jesus 
Christ. That proposition, to my way of 
thinking, is very easy to prove. I shall, 
therefore, take that for granted and pro- 
ceed to consider 

Secret Societies in Sunday Schools. 

In the last twenty years, secret socie- 
ties for Sunday school scholars have 
found a place in hundreds of Sunday 
schools. These have been planned and 
engineered by Sunday school workers. 

The pattern for these societies, so far 
as I know, is the ''Knights of King Ar- 
thur." I have a confession of sin to make 
in regard to that movement because I 
was connected with the introduction of 
that order. ' It was before my eyes had 
been opened. Rev. W. B. Forbush, well- 
known as a writer of books on childhood 
and boyhood and the Sunday school, was 
at that time just out of college and the 
seminary and was in his first pastorate, 
a few miles from where I was a worker 
in the Park Place Sunday School, of 
Pawtucket, R. I. Mr. Forbush was much 
interested in the boys of his parish and 
organized his secret order of the Knights 
of King Arthur, based on Tennyson's 
poem "The Idyls of the King." As a re- 
sult of his movement and our friendship, 
I formed among my boys in the Sunday 
school the second "Castle" of that order. 

and other Castles have since been started 
in hundreds of other exhools. And this 
order has been copied after by various 
similar orders anions; Sunday school 
scholars. Now, we did this in ignorance. 
As Mr. Forbush and I worked together, 
we adopted, without ^'ery much thought, 
the secret features of this boys' organ- 
ization, and I think the majority of Sun- 
day school workers who have adopted 
the lodge form of organization, have 
done so without mucn thought — consid- 
ering it merely as 3.n attraction that 
would appeal to the boys. In looking 
back, I myself believe that our organiza- 
tion would have been more successful if 
it had been conducted without the secret 
features. It was not a startling success 
with them. I did not understand -at the 
time wh}' it was not more of a success, 
but I see now that really its secrecy was 
naturally antagonistic to what we were 
trying to accomplish in holding up Jesus 
Christ before these bo^ s. 

Secrecy a Positive Hindrance. 
These societies have grown up because 
of our ignorance of the real evil princi- 
ples in organized secrecy and its unfitness 
as a tool in Sunday scb.ool work, and that 
they are really harmful. I want to illus- 
trate that by the day school order. My 
little boy Paul was converted when he 
was five years old in Dr. Torrey's tent 
nieetings here in Chicago. He was sound- 
ly converted and his life was changed 
even at that age. When he was in the 
fifth grade in the day school they or- 
ganized in that grade a boys' secret so- 
ciety — The Knightly Brothers — a little 
local society. I talked the matter over 
w ith Paul and he very willingly and 
quickly, and I think intelligently, saw 
that as a Christian bov there was some- 



September, 1914. 

thing better for him than to go into that 
organization. Paul was the only boy in the 
grade who was left out. It went on for 
a year. He bore his lonesome condition 
without any complaint, but the boys did 
not like it and the following year they 
reorganized their society, leaving out the 
secret oath and ritual — making it an open 
club, and Paul went in. All the grades 
in that school, have these little secret 
clubs. That club in the grade of which 
Paul is a member, has existed longer 
than any of the other grade societies in 
that school, and is still in existence as a 
little boys' open club. Now I believe this 
is because they were Vv^ise enough to drop 
the secret feature. Secrecy is not essen- 
tial to work among boys and girls. It is 
not only not essential, it is a positive hin- 
drance. I am not going to take time to 
prove that, however, I think it will be 
amply proven by the other speakers. 
The Remedy. 

What is the remedy ? I believe we have 
a remedy. I want to suggest it. Next 
month in this city there will meet the 
International Sunday School Convention 
in which there will be representatives 
from all parts of the continent, Sunday 
school workers and delegates represent- 
ing millions of boys and girls in Sunday 
school. Why would it not be a good 
thing for this convention to appoint a 
committee when the proper time comes, 
which shall carry through some delegate 
to that International Convention a reso- 
lution to be presented to that convention, 
calHng upon them to declare against the 
principle of secrecy in Sunday school 

The first objection that will be raised 
will come from the man or woman who 
is in a secret society, but I believe 
that theirs will be more of an ap- 
parent objection than a real one. If 
vou will send some of the promi- 
nent men of this noble cause, men 
I am proud to ally myself with, I believe 
that half of our members on the floor 
of that convention would support such 
a resolution. Some such man as Presi- 
dent Blanchard could prove to that body 
of four or five thousand delegates, even 
to the lodge members in it, that secretism 
is not only unnecessary in Sunday school 
v7ork, but it is unwise. And not only is it 
unnecessarv and unwise, but it is con- 

trary to the teachings and life of Jesus 
Christ ; that it is antichrist. 

Testimony a Positive Help. 

I want to say just one word about 
the fact of secrecy being unneces- 
sary. Almost every pastor of the Moody 
Church during the fifty years of its 
history has been openly out against 
secret societies, including Dr. Dixon, 
Dr. Torrey, Mr. Moody himself and 
many of the others, and yet, instead 
of militating against the work and suc- 
cess of this church, it has positively 
helped it. This church is one of the ex- 
ceptional churches that Sunday after 
Sunday has more men in its congregation 
than women. Its speakers and preach- 
ers are always free, if they are so led of 
the Lord, to attack secret societies and 
the principles of secretism, and it is not 
seldom that they do so. We are known 
to be against the lodge. 

Another thing, throughout this coun- 
try, any unbiased Christian worker can 
take any dozen churches and see that the 
lodge is a curse to the church in just the 
proportion that the lodge is in the 
church. And I believe that fact can be 
shown to the Sunday School Convention, 
including the lodge members themselves, 
and if the International Convention will 
at this time, or if not at this time, even if 
it takes three to six years to bring it to 
pass, pronounce against the prinicple of 
secrecy in Sunday school work, and our 
children are brought up right in the Sun- 
day school, the coming generation will 
see the Church of Jesus Christ right on 
this great question. 


To the International Sunday School 
Convention, Chicago, Illinois, June 23 
to 30, 19 14. 
Dear Brethren: 

We the undersigned, representing 
many others, have requested Rev. E. Y. 
Woolley, superintendent, The Moody 
Church Sunday School and Rev. Charles 
A. Blanchard of Wheaton College 
Church Sunday School to present the fol- 
lowing for your consideration and ac- 
tion : 

Whereas, The efifort to enlist scholars 
of the Sunday Schools of our country, 
in 'The Knights of King Arthur," or 

September, 1914. 



some other secret society, is persistent, 

Whereas, Principals of schools, boards 
of education and legislatures generally 
have sought to stamp out secret societies 
from our public schools, therefore, 

Resolved, That we, as members of 
Christian churches and Sunday Schools, 
urge all our fellow workers in this field 
to disfavor whatever savors of secret so- 
ciety organization in the Sunday School, 
keeping them on a level as high at least 
as that of the public schools in this mat- 
ter, and avoiding the very appearance of 
evil, to keep close to the example of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, who bade us let 
our light shine and who in secret said 

, Respectfully submitted, 

* David S. Warner, Editor, Sunday 
School literature. Free Methodist 
Church ; L B. Trout, Sunday School 
Editor, Brethren Publishing House, El- 
gin, III; R. J. Miller, Editor, Sunday 
School literature. United Presbyterian 
Church ; R. C. Wylie, Editor, Christian 
Statesman; A. Keiser, Editor, De 
Wachter; R. Zwier, Editor, Sunday 
School Dept., The Banner (Christian 
Reformed Church) ; Wm. L Phillips, Ed- 
itor, Christian Cynosure. 


With a threefold object, the Phi Mu 
Sigma Sunday School Fraternity is 
everywhere securing the commendation 
of leading churchmen in the establish- 
ment of chapters of the organization in 
all parts of the country. 

It aims first to get the young man into 
the Sunday school class, keeping him 
there and ultimately leading him into 
church membership. Secondly, it aims 
to build him up physically, mentally and 
spiritually ; instructing him in the proper 
care of his body, while, thirdly, it in- 
culcates- brotherly love, thereby promot- 
ing a closer union. 

Membership is based upon attendance 
at Sunday school, and any young man* 
above the age of sixteen, who is a mem- 
ber of a class of an evangelical church 
school is eligible to membership. The 
fraternity is interdenominational and al- 
ready has a membership in this city of 
over 400. with plans under way for the 

establishment early in the fall of a large 
fraternity house. 

Dr. Clifton P. Clarke is the supreme 
master, and in accordance with recent 
action of the general convention of the 
fraternity held in this city, will shortly 
select a supreme council, to consist of 
two members of each evangelical de- 
nomination. These counselors will act 
as sponsors for all Sunday school classes 
of their denomination desiring to se- 
cure charters of the fraternity. 

Senator Overman of North Carolina 
is one of the sustaining members of the 
fraternity, as is Rev. Dr. Forrest J. Pret- 
tyman, chaplain of the United States 
Senate, and other prominent clergy and 
laity of the qity. 

The fraternity, by its teachings of the 
brotherhood of man, it is pointed out, 
does away with much of the factionalism 
and cliques to be found in a large class 
of young men. It is modeled after the 
big college fraternities, which have as 
their aim the upbuilding of the character 
of the members, and totally unlike higfh 
school fraternities, which are formed for 
social purposes. It is strictly a Christian 
organization and the fraternitv instinct 
is strong in the membership. — The Even- 
ing Star, Washington. D. C. June 2"/, 


[From The American Friend, July. 1^14.1 
Having enjoyed the high privilege of 
attending the recent International Sun- 
day School Convention which was held 
in the Medinah Temple. Chicago, I have 
thought that it would interest the readers 
of The American Friend to know some- 
thing of the place of meeting ; that is, the 
Temple. To the uninitiated, like myself, 
the name ''Medinah Temple" must have 
involved a mystery, and this was by no 
means lessened when we saw the mag- 
nificent structure, that could not have 
cost less than half a million, with its 
mosque-like domes, two of which were 
surmounted by huge scepters each bear 
ing at its upper end a crescent, the uni- 
versal emblem of Islam. Was this, then, 
a Mohammedan mosque to which we 
were going? No, not exactly, although 
related. It is rather, as I learned, the 



September, 1914. 

home of a lodge of the "Nobles of the 
Mystic Shrine," — Shriners, they are 
called for brevity- This called for an 
investigation, for although I had long 
known of the Shriners, I knew nothing 
about them. Here, then, is what I found : 

"The Order of the Nobles of the Mys- 
tic Shrine was established at Mecca, 
Arabia, in the year 5459 (in the year of 
our Lord 1608). ^ ^ ^ The order 
was revived and instituted at Cairo, 
Egypt, in 5598 (equivalent to June 14, 
1837). * * '^' Temples were also in- 
stituted in various cities throughout 
Europe some years ago. * * * In 
1871 the ritual was brought to America 
by one of the transient foreign members, 
and placed in the hands of Dr. Walter 
M. Fleming, 33d degree Sovereign 
Grand Inspector-General Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish Rite, and Eminent 
Commander of Columbia Commandery 
No. I, Knights Templar, New York." 

Thus it was that this order of Moslem 
origin w^as introduced into America, and 
Mecca Temple No. i instituted in New- 
York. The ritual was revised and 
adapted, some features being taken from 
"the old burlesque association known as 
the Sons of Malta. * ^ * And a por- 
tion of the work taken from the higher 
degrees of the Rite of Memphis and the 
Scotch Rite, as well a? the Royal Arch 
and Templar degrees York Rite." But 
with all the changes, it still retains a 
strong coloring of its Islamic origin. 
Only Knights Templars and 32d degree 
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Ma- 
sons are eligible to membership in the 
American order. 

Among the official titles are to be 
found such as these: Illustrious Grand 
Potentate; Illustrious Chief Rabban ; Il- 
lustrious Most High Prophet and Priest. 

On the walls of the Medinah Temple 
were to be seen the portraits of a num- 
ber of Illustrious Grand Potentates in 
their gorgeous robes, — in striking con- 
trast to the portraits of Potts, Jacobs, 
Trumbull, Hartshorn, and others of our 
great Sunday School leaders to be seen 
within — men the insignia of whose honor 
is deeds and not gorgeous attire. 

Since my readers may not see the por- 
traits of these Illustrious Grand Poten- 
tates, I will insert here a description of 
their official costume : "Velvet purple 

robe or domino (beautifully wrought) ; 
flowing sleeves, trimmed with yellow or 
gold braid ; yellow or gold colored sash ; 
high purple and yellow silk or satin 
turban, with crescent of gold and jew- 
eled; jeweled scepter with crescent at 
top." A copy of the Bible and the Koran 
lie upon the altar in the lodge room. 
(This I did not see, but I have it on 
good authority.) 

The Temple itself bears the name of 
the sacred city of Islam, Medina, where 
Mohammed died and was buried, as the 
first temple in New York was named 
Mecca, for the place of his birth. Thus 
do men in a professedly Christian land 
honor the False Prophet and show re- 
spect to a faith that has been for cen- 
turies the most formidable foe of Chris- 
tianity! But I did not intend to com- 
ment, but only to state the facts as I 
found them, and ask the question: 
Whither is Masonry tending? 

But one thing I think must gladden 
every Christian heart : Over the plat- 
form in the great auditorium, above all 
Illustrious Grand Potentates and every 
other name that is named, blazed in liv- 
ing flame the holy resolve of the as- 
sembled Sunday School hosts, Jesus 
Shall Reign. God speed the day when 
that device shall be read in every tem- 
ple, synagogue, mosque and above ev- 
ery shrine in all the world — yea, rather, 
in every heart let it be written, Jesus 

Oskaloosa, Iowa. 


[From the Neiv York Herald, Monday, 

March 30, 1914.] 
In the Name of ALLAH, MERCIFUL, 

MECCA TEMPLE, Ancient Arabic Or- 
der of the Nobles of the Mystic 

With heads bowed in sorrow it be- 
comes our duty to announce that Illus- 
trious Noble 

has been admitted to the Unseen Temple 
on Nahar es Sabt, ist day (Jamaz ul 
AwwaH, 5th month, A.H. 1332, answer- 
ing to Saturday, March 28, 1914. 

He was one of the thirteen Masons 

September, 1914. 



who organized Mecca Temple. He was 
an Honorary Past Potentate and for 
many years the Treasurer of the Temple. 
He was No. 7 on our rolls, and his life 
was imbued with purity of thought and 
deed and the exercise of all those at- 
tributes which are the active elements of 
every true Mussulman's daily existence. 
No longer will he listen to the solemn 
call, "ALLAHU AKBAR," but from 
the Minaret of Allah's Mosque may he 
be the Muezzin to make the call. 
(I bear witness that there is no god but 


. The penalty of the obligation of the 
.Mystic Shrine is as follows : 'Tn will- 
ful violation whereof may I incur the 
fearful penalty of having my eyeballs 
pierced to the center with a three-edged 
blade, my feet flayed and I be forced 
to walk the hot sands upon the sterile 
shores of the Red Sea until the flaming 
sun shall strike me with livid plague, 
and may Allah, the god of Arab, Mos- 
lem and Mohammedan, the god of our 
fathers, support me to the entire fulfill- 
ment of the same. Amen, Amen, Amen." 


There died recently in an American 
community a leading citizen. He was a 
Catholic. He was also an Elk. i\Iem- 
bers of the Elks "lodge" of which he 
was a member came to his house and 
conducted the Elks service over his re- 
mains. Then the body was borne to the 
parish church, where a requiem Mass 
was sung. At the cemeter}^ two services 
were conducted — one by the priest, the 
other by the Elks. Now, for Catholics 
there is only one ritual and one religious 
service; and the "non-sectarian" organ- 
ization that obtrudes itself into a Cath- 
olic house or a Catholic cemetery to per- 
form rites and ceremonies which arc and 
must be meaningless and futile, so far 
as Catholics are concerned, is most pre- 
sumptuous. But the blame rests not so 
much on the organization, which usu- 
ally does not know anv better, as on the 
Catholics who belong to it, and put them- 
selves on a level religiously with all 
sorts and conditions of people outside 
the church. — Sacred Heart Reviezv, Bos- 
ton, Vol. 51, No. 19. 




Stenographic report of an address by Pres- 
ident Blanchard at the National Convention 
held in the Moodv Church, Chicago, May 22. 

I found myself sort of envying my 

brethren as they were speaking. I 

should like myself, just to preach the 

Gospel to-night for the Gospel is the 

good news. To-morrow 1 hope to have 
the privilege of holding forth the Word 
of Life in a distant city. I am to have that 
privilege for three successive days, and 
I shall enjoy it a great deal better than 
what I have to do to-night : but you know 
the prophet once said to Israel to pluck 
up as well as to plant ; to pull down as 
well as to build ; and it is the most fool- 
ish thing in the world for a man to try 
to put a good house on a poor founda- 
tion. We are commanded by the Holy 
Spirit not to sow among thorns. There 
is a lot of that sowing done. Sowing 
among thorns : good seed thrown out 
into the places where it is. humanly 



September, 1914. 

speaking, bound to die. When I was a 
boy slavery ruled this country, preach- 
ers owned slaves ; bishops owned slaves ; 
sold little baby slaves to get pin money 
for their wives. That was the common 
thing. It was legal. No church mem- 
bers, speaking generally, dared to say 
anything against it. No preacher w^ho 
valued his reputation said anything 
against it. They said, "Let us preach the 
Gospel and slavery will take care of it- 
self." Well, it did, but it cost a million 
lives and tens of millions of dollars, and 
no one can tell what the tax payers will 
pay for the infidelity of our people fifty 
or sixty years ago. When my father 
went to England in 1840 he preached in 
six churches in London and they offered 
him liquor at the pulpit stairs of every 
church he preached in in that town. 
They never baptized a baby without 
serving liquor. In this country at that 
time they did not entertain a preacher 
without a bottle of liquor. They kept 
their spirits up by pouring spirits down. 
That was universal. I had a friend, I 
knew him well, his barn was burned. 
Afterwards his house was set on fire 
several times, though it did not burn 
down, for the fire was checked. Why 
did they do it? He was a God-fearing 
man, an humble great-souled man. They 
did that because he signed the long 
pledge. The short pledge was that you 
would not get drunk, the long pledge 
was that you would not drink any liquor 
that might make you drunk. Now all 
these good people thought it was all right 
to sign the short pledge, but it was most 
absurd to say you would not drink. 
Every gentleman did it, why should he 
not do it? He set himself up before 
other folks ; and so he had to fight for 
the house he lived in, because he signed 
the long pledge. Now you know we 
have half the territory of the United 
States under prohibition law. 

Mary H. Hunt went on a pilgrimage 

all over the state, trying to get people to 
say the children in the public schools 
should learn what tobacco and whisky 
would do to them, if they got to using 
them. It looked for a long time as 
though it could not be done, but it was 
done, and I believe now that there is a 
state law for it in every one of our forty- 
eight states. When Mary H. Hunt was 
at the temperance congress in Germany, 
the Empress of Germany sent for her to 
come and spend the afternoon with her, 
and when she entered the drawing room 
where the Empress was waiting her, the 
Empress rose and came forward and, 
putting out both her hands, said: ''Mrs. 
Hunt, I have asked you to come and 
teach me how to teach my boys to be- 
come total abstainers," and before she 
left every one of those six sons was a 
pledged total abstainer; and a little af- 
terwards the Crown Prince was in a so- 
cial function, where one of the exer- 
cises was drinking the health of the Em- 
peror, and he said to his counsellor: ''I 
have signed a pledge not to drink wine 
any more. What will I do?" And his 
adviser said : ''Well, this is a state func- 
tion, and it might be a very serious mat- 
ter if you do not drink. You had bet- 
ter pretend to drink, anyway; you bet- 
ter put your glass to your lips anyway." 
And he did, but he was in trouble, and 
he went to his father about it, and said 
to him: "Father, you know I have 
signed the pledge. Mother wanted me 
to, and you were willing I should, and I 
did it, and now last night I had to drink 
your health, or else neglect to drink it, 
and I pretended to do it, and what shall 
I do?" And the Emperor issued an or- 
der throughout the German empire say- 
ing that in all occasions in drinking the 
health of the Emperor it would be law- 
ful to drink it in water, rather than in 

This simply shows the way things are 
going. But they don't go that way 

September, 1914. 



without blood and tears of these people, 
the workers in the Christian Church. 
And there is going to be blood and tears 
for every reform that the Christian 
Church makes. 

So much for the taking up of this 
definite work. I would a thousand 
times rather speak to you of the good- 
ness of God, than to speak to you of the 
failures of us men, and our duties to 
take the stumbling blocks out of the 
way, but you know the prophet when he 
was sending forth the word said that we 
must take up the stumbling blocks out 
of the road. We must gather up the 
.stones, but sometimes we must pull down 
before we build, we must pluck up be- 
fore we plant. We have no right to be 
throwing good seed into ground where it 
is practically certain to be choked with 
thorns. That is the justification for the 
work which I have to do. 

Source of Lodge Religion. 

Now, in the second place, I am not 
going to do this work of speaking on 
The Mysteries as I sometimes do it. 
I may say, I am not going to do it as 
I prefer to do it. I prefer to discuss 
the lodge question from the New Testa- 
ment. The New Testament has every- 
thing in it that a man needs to know in 
order to show that secret societies are 
of the Devil. Any man that will walk by 
the New Testament will first or last get 
out of the lodges, if he is in, and if he is 
out he will stay out, if he gets to be en- 
lightened by the Holy Spirit and to 
walking according to the New Testa- 
ment. To-night I am not going to speak 
from the Bible standpoint at all. Now I 
will tell you why. It is because every- 
body has the New Testament and com- 
paratively few people have the books of 
the lodge, which show what the organiza- 
tions really are. The ignorance of all 
people in regard to this subject is some- 
thing startling. You won't believe it, 

until you know it is true, until you have 
studied the matter. Lodge men them- 
selves, generally speaking, don't know 
anything about the history, the philoso- 
phy and the religion of the lodges. They 
know how they were initiated ; they 
know how to give some grips and signs : 
they know how to pronounce a few pass- 
words, and that is practically all they 
know about the organization. Where the 
organization came from, what the or- 
ganization really is, and means, these , 
brothers of ours do not know at all. Now 
this is an excuse and it is a grain of salt, 
because wh^n these brothers find out 
what the organizations actually are. they 
will turn from them in horror. Thou- 
sands of them have done so already ; 
other thousands of them will yet do so, 
and therefore we are encouraged to let 
the light shine. 


I have here on the desk a num.ber of 
books, and with a single exception, they 
are every one of them books written and 
printed and sold by lodge men. I have 
one book here which is not a lodge man's 
book. That is, this was not written by 
a lodge man. You say to me, if all the 
other books are lodge men's books, why 
do you have that other book there ? I an- 
swer, because this book contains quota- 
tions, extracts, many of them from 
books which lodge men did write, and 
although I may read a little from this 
book, tonight, I shall not read a single 
word that was written by an enemy of 
secret societies. Everything T read ivcm 
this book will be from some man who is 
a member of a secret society, not a se- 
ceder, but in good and regular standing 
and who wrote, not to condemn secret 
societies, but to recommend them to 
men. Now that is the reason why I 
have this book in my hand. This book 
is called "Freemasonry Illustrated." It 
contains the ritual of the first seven de- 



September, 1914. 

grees in ^^lasonry, and it contains notes 
and comments with voluminous extracts 
from ^lasonic writers, and it is because 
of these extracts from Masonic writers 
that I have this book here tonight. But 
for them. I should not have this book at 

This book which I hold in my hand 
is called Mackey's "Ritualist." It is a 
coriibination of two books written by 
Dr. Alfred G. Mackey of Charleston, 
South Carolina. One of these was "Inc 
Manual of the Lodge," which contained 
the manual of first three degrees; the 
other was 'The Book of the Chapter." 
Putting the Manual of the Lodge and 
the Book of the Chapter together he 
made the Ritualist. He said he put these 
tw^o books together, because he wanted a 
little book that the Freemason could slip 
into his pocket, when going on the train, 
and thus have at hand to read when he 
had leisure. Now he said, '*My Man- 
ual of the Lodge is for the library; my 
Book of the Chapter is also a larger 
book. I put the two together in small 
form, and call them the Masonic Rit- 
ualist, and I do this for the Freemason." 
This book, as I say, was written by 
Albert G. Mackey, of Charleston, South 
Carolina. Now Albert G. Mackey was 
one of the 33d degree Masons of the 
Southern Jurisdiction. We have two 
Scotch Rite jurisdictions. We have two 
Grand Inspector-Generals of Scottish 
Rite Masonry, one in the South, and one 
in the North, and A. G. Mackey was 
one of the Southern Grand Inspector- 
Generals of the Southern jurisdiction. 
He died some years ago, but during his 
entire adult life he was one of the lead- 
ers of Freemasons in the United States ; 
one of its most voluminous writers. He 
wrote a book on "Masonic Jurispru- 
dence," and he also wrote a book called 
the "Lexicon of Freemasonry." That 
is this book that I hold in my hand. 
Now all of these books were written 

by Albert G. Mackey, of Charleston, 
South Carolina, Southern Grand Inspec- 
tor-General of the 33d and last degree 
of Scottish Rite Masonry for the South- 
ern jurisdiction for the United States. 

This book which I now hold in my 
hand was written by a New York Free- 
mason, Daniel Sickels. He was also a 
33d degree Mason, but belonged in the 
Northern and not the Southern jurisdic- 
tion. It is his "General Ahiman Rczon." 
This has to do with the Blue Lodge and 
not with the degrees beyond the Blue 
Lodge. It shows the burial service and 
other things of that kind such as Ma- 
sonic hymns and prayers for use in the 
three degrees and in the burial service, 
installation of officers, dedication of 
lodges, etc., etc. 

This book which I hold in my hand 
is called "Chase's Digest of Masonic 
Law." Chase was also a Freemason, 
never got so high in the Scottish Rite 
as the other men I have named, but he 
was a prominent Freemason. His book 
is a compilation of Grand Lodge deci- 
sions. These are all written by lodge 
men to recommend lodges ; so when I 
read from these books, you are not list- 
ening to something that some member of 
a religious denomination who holds 
lodges are wrong, has written, you are 
listening to what lodge men say — not or- 
dinary lodge men, who took a few de- 
grees, and kept on transacting their busi- 
ness, and who go to lodge once or twice 
a year — you are listening to the men 
who made or make a business of Free- 
masonry, who hold the state offices, and 
write and sell the libraries, and make a 
living by Masonry. 

This book is "Macoy's Cyclopedia of 
Freemasonry." It is a Cyclopedia of 
Freemasonry written by an eminent 
English Freemason by the name of 
George Oliver. I will read the title from 
the title page, "A Cyclopedia of Free- 
masonry ; embracing the whole of Bro. 

September, 1914. 



George Oliver's Dictionary of Symbol- 
ical Masonry, together with a compre- 
hensive supplement containing defini- 
tions of the technical terms used by the 
fraternity ; also an account of the rise 
and progress of Freemasonry and its 
kindred associations, ancient and mod- 
ern. Edited by Robert Macoy, Inspector 
General 33d degree, author of The Ma- 
sonic Manual.' " He also represents 
one of the leaders of Freemasonry. 

The next book is entitled "The Origin 
of Freemasonry." It is written by a 
German whose namic is Steinbrenner. 
This is one of those patient, careful, 
thorough examinations of the subject 
which German scholars are very likely 
to make. His is a history of Masonry. 
Its contents begin: "What is Masonry?" 
and "Historical Literature of Masonry," 
and "The Legend of the Guilds," and 
"The Steinmetzen" of Germany, and 
"The 'Freemasons' of England," and 
"The Grand Lodge of England," and 
"Masonic Degrees," etc., etc. This, as 
I say, is by a German Freemason. 

This book which I now hold in my 
hand is called "Webb's Monitor." The 
particular interest there is in this is that 
it was the edition by John C. W. Bailey, 
a masonic publisher in Chicago at the 
time I was preaching here years ago. He 
published a masonic magazine and dif- 
ferent masonic books ; this is one of 
them, and this book contains not only 
the Manual of the Lodge by Webb, but 
it contains also the Synopsis of Masonic 
Law by Robert Morris, who was a Pres- 
byterian elder and a distinguished Free- 
mason of Louisville, Kentucky. This is 
written on the one hand by Webb, who 
was an English writer, and on the other 
hand by Mr. Robert Morris of Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, who died recently, be- 
ing of the 33d degree of Scottish Rite 

I think I have told you about all the 
books which I have here excepting one. 

and this other book which I have is also 
from Oliver, who is the original author 
of this "Cyclopedia and Dictionary." 
The English author. Rev. George Oliver, 
was an eminent English Freemason, and 
he prepared in this book twelve lectures 
on the history of initiation. This book 
tells us about the way secret societies 
came to be, how they have carried on 
their work, through many, many years, 
through centuries, through thousands of 
years. It is a discussion of the general 
history of initiation in Persia, Hindor 
Stan, in Scandinavia, in Greece, of the 
Mysteries of Bacchus, and the Mysteries 
of Adonisf etc. There are twelve lec- 
tures in this book by Rev. George Oli- 
ver, which are given exclusively to the 
history of initiation. 

Now you will observe that I am not 
going to read to you a single word from 
anyone who is not a Mason in good and 
regular standing. I am not going to 
read to you from the Bible; I am not 
going to read to you from President 
Finney, that great man of God, under 
whose labors so many thousands of men 
confessed their faith in Jesus. • I shall 
not read you any w^ord from the great 
founder of this Association, though he 
spoke repeatedly on this subject, and as 
plainly as it is possible for a man to 
speak in the English language or in any 
other; I shall not give you any single 
word from the sainted men who have 
been pastors of The Moody Church here : 
Mr. Jacoby, Mr. Dixon, or Mr. WooUey, 
the present acting pastor, all of whom 
have given testimonies of what they ex- 
perienced as lodge members, and you 
can talk with them just as well as I can. 
I do not need to repeat anything that 
they have said. 

We have something like twenty-five 
or thirty denominations in this country 
who do not receive members of lodges 
into mem1:»ership. I shall not quote 
them, not one of them. I shall not a<?k 




any of the reasons they assign for an- 
tagonizing Freemasonry. I want to- 
night, as well as I can, to show you -.vhat 
Freemasons themselves say about lodg- 
ism. That is what I am going to try 
to do. 

Xow you cannot charge me. can you. 
with misrepresenting these ^lasonic 
lodges, if I simply read to you what their 
prominent men say concerning them? 
ana understand me when I read from 
these authors, I know perfectly well that 
I am saying new things to lodge men, 
as well as to those who are not lodge 
men. I am sure that there are lodge 
men in this city, plent}' of them, who 
would be horrilied if they were here to- 
night to Hsten to the things that I sliall 
read to you out of these books. I an: 
perfectly certain that there are lodge 
men who will say it is impossible that 
things of that kind should be written by 
lodge men. [Members of the order will 
say. "T have belonged to this order so 
long and I know these things cannor be 
true," and yet. if these men were here, 
and should come forward to this desk 
and take these books they would be com 
pelled to admit that they did not under- 
stand the nature of the organization of 
which they are members, and if thev are 
Godly men. as many of them I trust 
are. they would right here and right now 
resolve to terminate their connection 
with this organization. 

So much for the purpose which I 
have in view, and for the method which 
I propose to pursue. I am tonight read- 
ing to you from lodge men and the 
question which I have taken is this : 

What is the relation of the lodges of 
cur time to the ancient mysteries? 

I will read to you first from Stein- 
brenner, on page 138. Of course I shall 
be compelled to read briefly. Xow all 
you who would like to consult these 
books may have the privilege at your 
leisure. I will, however, attempt to read 

fairly what I do read, and not to mis- 
represent others by the partial reading 
which I shall do. 

The Age of Masonry. 

I take up first this question : What 
do lodge men say about the age of Free- 
masonry? What does Steinbrenner. this 
German writer, say about the age of 
Freemasonry? AMien did Freemasonry 
originate ? How old is it ? A\'here did 
it originate? Did Solomon have any- 
thing to do with it ? Did the two Saints 
John have anything to do with it? 
Where did it ccme from? I read: ""His- 
torical investigation. howcTer, has clear- 
ly demonstrated that the present system 
of degrees is of com.paratively modern 
origin, being totally unknown to the 
craft at the time of the revival in 171 7. 
Originally there was but one degree of 
initiation; the names of Apprentice. Fel- 
low and ]^Iaster being merely the desig- 
nation of classes of workmen, and not 
of degree or grades of initiation. The 
actual society, or fraternity of ^lasons 
both in Germany and in England, was 
composed only of Fellows, who were 
receiA-ed or initiated into the "craf:" with 
certain forms and ceremonies, having a 
symbolic reference, and designed to 
make a deep and lasting impression upon 
the mind. This ceremony 0: initiation. 
as practiced among the medieval Ger- 
man ]\Iasons. we have already described, 
and while it proves that our fraternity is 
in reality derived from the operative 
[Masons of Europe, i: also shows that 
many of the ancient customs and usages 
of the Craft have been faithfully pre- 
served unto this day, although in a 
somewhat altered form.'" 

Xow that extract if I were to go no 
further with the reading, would show 
you two things : In the first place, that 
Freemasonry, as we have it in Chicago, 
originated after 1717: second that this 
Freemasonry which we have in Chicago 
had a historic connection with certaii;- 

September, 1914. 



older organizations or lodges of opera- 
tive masons who worked in Germat-.y 
prior to this date which I gave you. Bnt 
the reading would show clearly that the 
two organizations were different in char- 
acter. The lodges in Germany being 
composed of men who built houses ; the 
lodges in England and other parts of the 
world, since 1717, being composed not 
only of operative masons, but of law- 
yers, doctors, store keepers, preachers, 
teachers, men of all walks and depart- 
ments of life. The older organization 
being an organization of builders and 
mechanics, the present organization be- 
ing a mystic secret organization for 
other purposes than building. That is 
what this extract shows, that I have al- 
ready read. That is what would be con- 
firmed, if I should continue to read. 

Now I am going to read to you just 
a moment from this book, which I hold, 
written by a gentleman w^ho was for 
many years the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of the Freemasons of the 
State of Iowa, and who lived in the city 
of Cedar Rapids. Iowa. There was, at 
the time I was there, some years since, 
the largest and best ^^lasonic library in 
the United States, if not in the world 
That library contained some ten thou- 
sand volumes devoted to the subject of 
secret societies. This Secretary Parvin, 
Secretary of the Grand Lodge, was li- 
brarian of that library, and I suppose 
was as well informed regarding all lodge 
history, as any man in the United States. 
I am going to read what he says about 
the antiquity of Freemasonry. I am 
talking to you about the relation of 
Freemasonry and kindred organizations 
to the ancient mysteries, and what I 
want now is to clearly set before you the 
fact that modern Freemasonry is not in 
itself ancient. It is modern ; less than 
two hundred years of age. This has a 
bearing on a good many questions which 

I will not touch on at this time. Secre- 
tary Parvin was speaking before the 
Grand Commandery of the Knights 
Templar of the State of Iowa in 1875 
and he said, among other things : "We 
are wont to meet annually and often 
to tell the old storv' of the origin 
of the institution and to present to 
people who honor us with their pres- 
ence that same old dish of hash 
called ^Masonic history, tracing the in- 
stitution back to the time when the 
morning stars sung together and all the 
sons of God shouted for joy." And then 
he goes on to show that Enoch had noth- 
ing to do^with ^Masonry, that Solomon 
had nothing to do with Masonry, that 
the Saints John had nothing to do with 
Masonry ; and then he says that he had 
recently been asked to purchase a pub- 
lication that stated that all the Presi- 
dents of the United States had been 
Freemasons, and that all the generals in 
the army of the colonies in the revoki- 
tion were Masons, excepting Arnold, and 
he proceeds to say that neither of these 
stories was true and that Arnold was 
a Freemason, that certain other'generals 
were not Freemasons, and a number of 
presidents of the United States \\ere 
leading opponents of Freemasons. I v.'ill 
not stop to read farther from that book 
now. All of you are privileged to ex- 
amine it who care to do so. 

I want to read from ''^lacoy's C}clo- 
pedia and Dictionary- of Freemasonrv" 
a few words to show you how confused 
Masonic writers are in regard to this 
subject, because it is admitted that there 
were ancient mysteries, and it is ad- 
mitted that modern mysteries, or mod- 
ern lodges exemplify them in certain 
particulars, and certain persons a6rm 
that in these exemplifications they tlnd 
a proof of descent, that the lodges have 
come to us from the mysteries of which 
they are lineal descendants. I read now 



September, 1914. 

from the Antiquity of Freemasonr\ in 
Macoy's "Cyclopedia and Dictionary of 
Freemasonry." He says: 

"Notwithstanding much that is claimed 
as true in ^Masonic history, by enthusi- 
astic brothers, must fall before the stern 
tests of sound philosophical criticism, 
yet the high antiquity of the institutior 
is incontestably established. A part of 
the- ritual of Freemasonry originated m 
Egypt, and was engrafted on the system, 
of the Sidonian builders. This society 
also adopted a portion of the rituals of 
Eleusis and Adonis, and through this 
order Freemasonry was introduced into 
Judea, and constructed Solomon's Tem- 
ple. We fail to find a vestige of Ma- 
sonry among the Jews previous to this 
period. In the time of Numa Pompiliub, 
King of Rome, a branch of the Order 
of Hiram appeared in Italy and formed 
the Cohegia Fabrorum and Artificum. 
This society of builders continued ii: un- 
interrupted succession till the downfall 
of the Roman empire, when they spread 
over all Europe, and a portion of it set- 
tled in Britain. Here it had a plain and 
tangible history till 171 7, when the 
Brotherhood laid aside its operative 
character, and became entirely specula- 

In other words. Freemasonry may be 
traced to the ancient mysteries of 
Egypt, Greece and Syria, which as he 
says at that time was operative. Now 
speculative Freemasonry, the kind we 
have here in this city, originated in Lon- 
don in 1717. 

Now I will read to you just a mo- 
ment from Mackey's "Lexicon of Free- 
masonry" to the same general effect. He 
mixes up the operative masonry of for- 
mer years with the speculative masonry 
of our time. I am reading from "Mac- 
key's Lexicon" on the antiquity of ma- 
sonry : 

"Freemasonry is, in its principles, un- 
doubtedly coeval with the creation, but 

in its organization as a peculiar institu- 
tion, such as it now^ exists, we dare not 
trace it further back than to the build- 
ing of King Solomon's Temple. It was, 
however, in its origin closely connected 
•with the ancient mysteries, and the 
curious inquirer will find some gratifica- 
tion in tracing this connection." 

Now he says he cannot trace Ma- 
sonry back further than Solomon's Tem- 
ple, and he says in the second place, 
"Masonry in its origin was closely con- 
nected with the ancient mysteries." 
Now if that is true, and if we can learn 
what the ancient mysteries were, by 
and by, then we shall have a hint as to 
what the real character of Freemasonry 
is, don't you see, and Freemasonry may 
be connected as to its principles with 
the ancient mysteries, for the testimony 
of these Masonic writers I have given 
you says clearly that as an organization 
it cannot be by any possibility traced to 
them. In other words, it may be a 
spiritual descendant, but not a lineal de- 
scendant from the ancient mysteries. 

I will read to you one more extract. 
It is from the "General Ahiman Rezon" 
by Daniel Sickels of New York, 
himself a Southern Inspector-General 
of the 33d degree of Scottish Rite Ma- 
sonry. In the charge to the Entered 
Apprentice — after he is made an En- 
tered Apprentice Mason, he is permitted 
to go to his room and secure his cloth- 
ing and is brought back into the lodge 
room and required to stand in the North- 
east corner of the room, and standing 
in that corner he received from the Mas- 
ter what is called the "Charge of the En- 
tered Apprentice." I am giving only one 
section which has to do with the age of 
Freemasonry as the question is whether 
or not Freemasonry as an institution 
goes back to the ancient mysteries, or 
whether it has any connection with the 
ancient mysteries. The Master says : 

"Brother: As you are now introduced 

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into the tirst principles of Masonry, I 
congratulate you on being accepted into 
this ancient and honorable Order; an- 
cient, as having subsisted from time im- 
memorial ; and honorable as tending, in 
every particular, so to render all men 
who will be conformable to its precepts. 
No institution was ever raised on a bet- 
ter principle or more solid foundation ; 
nor were ever more excellent rules and 
useful maxims laid down, than are m- 
culcated in the several Masonic lectures. 
The greatest and best of men in all 
ages, have been encouragers and promo- 
ters of the art; and have never deemed 
it derogatory to their dignity to level 
themselves with the Fraternity, extend 
their privileges, and patronize their as- 

Observe he says the institution is very 
old ; that it has been encouraged and 
promoted by the best men of the world, 
and never was an institution any better 
than this, found anywhere. Never were 
teachings any better than those which 
are found in the Masonic order. I have 
read from Daniel Sickels the Charge to 
the Entered Apprentice, which is uni- 
versal. It is in Blue Lodge Masonry. 
Character of the Mysteries. 

Now what are the ancient mysteries 
which in this well defined manner are 
said to be the origin of Freemasonry? 
What are they like? What was their 
character? I am going to give you in 
the first place a few statements of fact 
and then will confirm them by testimony 
from these waiters. 

In the first place the ancient mysteries 
were religious organizations. In the 
second place they were secret organiza- 
tions. There were religious organiza- 
tions of the olden time that were public, 
there were religious organizations that 
were secret ; what were called mysteries 
were the secret religious organizations. 
In the third place these organizations 
were Christless — that is to say, they had 

no knowledge of the Savior. Their 
teaching was teaching from nature ; 
from the reason of man. There. is no 
Lord Jesus Christ anywhere in the an- 
cient mysteries. Of course no one would 
expect to find clear teaching as to the 
Lord Jesus Christ in any secret organ- 
ization, in view of His own character, 
but I do not to-night dwell upon that. 
I say that these organizations were first 
religious ; second secret ; and third ig- 
nored or excluded all mention of the 
Lord Jesus Christ; fourth, these organ- 
izations were cruel and bloody, and fifth, 
they were immoral and obscene. This 
also I sli^ll substantiate by quotations 
that I will read to you in a moment 
from these Masonic writers. They were 
secret, they w^ere religious, they were 
Christless, they were cruel and blood- 
thirsty, they were immoral and ob- 
scene. The testimony in regard to 
this matter is overwhelming. I have 
never read in a public assembly whar 
I am going to read to you to-night. 
If I could put the books into the hands 
of each one of you, I w^ould not read 
these things at all ; but I cannot put these 
books into your hands, so I am going 
to read some things that I am sure will 
surprise you. They are surprising. It 
is a wonderful thing that Satan should 
ever allow friends of his to write such 
things as there are in these books ; and 
it is a greater surprise that the friends 
of God should in blindness to 
the things that I am going to read to you 
in a moment. 

I say they were first religious, second 
secret, third Christless, fourth cruel, 
fifth immoral and indecent. 

Now for the testimony, and I will 
have to ask you to keep this testimony 
in mind because there is a great deal of 
confusion among these difi:*erent writers, 
yet the general teaching is all in one dl 
rection, as you will find. 

In ?^Iacoy's ''Cyclopedia of Masonry," 



September, 1914. 

page 281, is an article on the Universal- 
ity of ^lasonry which is thus described 
by a ^lasonic writer of the last century : 
"Leaving holy ground, we trace Ma- 
sonry amongst the Eastern Magi, and 
in the renowned learning of Egypt. 
From whence, like other sciences, taking 
a westerly direction, it was brought by 
that European apostle of Masonry, 
Pythagoras, from whose propagation it 
reached the British Isles. Its principles 
were respected and disseminated by 
Brahmins, philosophers, artists, and 
saints, and diffused the light of science 
to the remotest corners of the earth. It 
taught natural religion, philosophy, sub- 
ordination, and arts on the banks of the 
Ganges, in the hieroglyphics of Egypt, 
the sanctuaries of Eleusis, the schools 
of the sages, the caves of the Druids." 

Now^ this is from Macoy, and it tells 
us w^here these Ancient Mysteries were 
found, and from the testimony of Ma- 
sonic writers and from the testimony of 
historians we can learn what the re- 
ligious ceremonies of Egypt, India, 
Greece and Great Britain in the early 
days were. The Druidical religion of 
Great Britain is a matter of historical 
fact. It is a question which we can in- 
vestigate for ourselves as we please. 
Mystery History. 

Now I want to read from Macoy 
again on page 45S something in regard 
to the character of these mysteries. 
These different mysteries were the secret 
religions of the people. 

Macoy says : '"Previous to the advent 
of the Church this great work was ac- 
complished among the civilized nations 
of antiquity by organizations, which are 
designated under the general name of 
Mysteries. It appears that all the per- 
fection of civilization, and all the ad- 
vancement made in philosophy, science 
and art among the ancients are due to 
those institutions which, under the veil 
of mystery, sought to illustrate the 

sublimest truths of religion, morality 
and virtue, and impress them on the 
hearts of their disciples. Although his- 
tory speaks of several institutions of 
the kind, as the Eleusinian mysteries, 
the mysteries of Mithra, etc., yet all had 
a common origin, and a like purpose, 
and never exhibited a greater variety of 
forms than the Christian Church. The 
principal of these mysteries are: i, The 
Indian Mysteries ; 2, The Egyptian ; 3, 
The Orphic ; 4, The Cabirian ; 5, The 
Phrygian or Samothracian ; 6, The El- 
eusinian ; 7, The Sidonian or Dionysian ; 
8, Pythagoreanism. The civilization, 
and the social institutions of India, 
Egypt, Greece, and Syria, and the de- 
gree of enlightenment in religion, mor- 
ality, and science, to which they attained 
can be traced directly to the salutary 
influence of the Mysteries. Erom the 
foregoing it will be seen that — to a cer- 
tain degree following the opinion of 
many of the early Christian fathers — 
they realized the idea of a Church. As 
none but the just and virtuous were 
eligible to membership, the initiated 
were — at least were reported to be — the 
wisest and best of all countries, and con- 
stituted the ancient Pagan Ecclesia — if 
one may so speak — the Church, the as- 
sembly of the wise and good; a body 
competent to teach and enforce the ever- 
lasting truths of religion. Their chief 
object was to teach the doctrine of one 
God, the resurrection of man to eternal 
life, the dignity of the human soul, and 
to lead the people to see the shadow of 
the deity, in the beauty, magnificence 
and splendor of the universe. By the 
most solemn and impressive ceremonies 
they led the minds of the neophytes to 
meditate seriously the great problems of 
human duty and destiny; imbued them 
with a living sense of the vanity and 
brevity of life; and of the certainty of 
a future state of retribution ; set forth 
in marked contrast the beauty of virtue 

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and truth, and the deep bitterness and 
tormenting darkness of vice and error; 
and enjoined on them by the most bind- 
ing obhgations, charity, brotherly love, 
and inflexible honor, as the greatest of 
all duties, the most beneficent to the 
world, and the most pleasing to the gods. 
They also, by these rites — rites magnifi- 
cent, and impressive, and startling — by 
sudden transitions and striking con- 
trasts, rites commencing in gloom and 
sorrow, and ending in light and joy, 
dimly shadowed forth the passage of 
man from barbarism to civilization, from 
ignorance to science, and his constant 
progress onward and upward through 
the ages, to still sublimer elevations. The 
trembling and helpless neophyte, en- 
vironed with terror and gloom, and pur- 
suing his uncertain and difficult way 
through the mystic journey of initia- 
tion, which terminated in light and con- 
fidence, was a type or representative of 
humanity marching upward from the 
gloom and darkness of the primitive 
state of barbarism, to a high degree of 
enlightenment, of social refinement and 
perfection," etc., etc. There are several 
pages of such description, but I stop 

Mysteries of Mithras. 

Now I will read to you a little about 
the Mysteries of Persia, or the Mysteries 
of Mithras, and I read from the 303d 
page of ''Mackey's Lexicon" on that 
subject. The article is Mysteries of 

"The Mysteries of Mithras were cele- 
brated in Persia. They were instituted 
by Zeradusht or Zoroaster, an Eastern 
sage, concerning whose era the learned 
are unable to agree, some placing it in 
the reign of Darius Hystaspes and 
others contending that he lived centuries 
before the reign of that monarch. Zo- 
roaster reformed the doctrines of the 
Magi, and established a theology which 

was adopted as the religion of the Per- 
sian, Chaldeans, Parthians, ]\Iedes, and 
other neighboring nations. According 
to the Zend Avesta, the sacred book in 
which these doctrines are contained, the 
Supreme Being, whose name significes 
'Time without bounds,' created light in 
the beginning; out of this light pro- 
ceeded Ormazd, or the principle of light; 
who, by his omnific word, created the 

"Mithras resided in the sun, and hence 
that luminary was worshiped as the 
abode of the God of Light. He was 
represented as a young man covered 
wdth a Phrygian turban, and clothed in 
a mantle and tunic. He presses with 
his knee upon a bull, one of w^hose horns 
he holds in his right hand, w^hile with 
the right he plunges a dagger into his 
neck. This was an evident allusion to 
the power of the sun Avhen he is in the 
zodiacal sign of Taurus. In Persia, the 
mysteries of Mithras Avere celebrated at 
the winter solstice ; in Rome w^here thev 
were introduced at the time of Pompey, 
at the spring equinox." 

I call your attention to this ior this 
reason: When you come to study 
Freemasonry in its relation to the 
ancient mysteries, you will find two 
things : In the first place, the an- 
cient mystics worshipped the sun on 
the ground that the sun is the source 
of light and heat and power, and that 
the living beings in the world sprun.e 
from the sun ; and in Freemasonry, you 
will find the sun is constantly referred 
to in ceremonies of the Order : so that 
you have in the first place the fact that 
the sun was worshiped in the ancient 
mysteries, and in the second place. Free- 
masonry is in a way perpetuating the 
worship of the sun. The name of the 
sun in those days was. among our Jew- 
ish fatliers. Baal : he was called in Egypt. 
Osiris : he was called in Persia Mithrn ; 



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these were merely different names of the 

Mysteries of Eleusis. 

I shall read about the mysteries of 
Eleusis. I will read this as briefly as I 
can. although I am conscious of the fact 
that you ought to have the whole read- 
ing in order to get the whole idea in 
the teaching. I am reading from the 
article on Eleusinian Mysteries pages 
134 and 135 in Mackey,'s "Lexicon of 
Freemasonry," and I take a selection 

"These replies," speaking of certain 
articles w^hich had been given, "proved 
that the candidate was duly and truly 
prepared, and that he had made suitable 
proficiency by a previous initiation in 
the lesser mysteries. The calf skin w^as 
taken from him, and he was invested 
with the sacred tunic, which he was to 
wear until it fell to pieces. He was left 
now in utter darkness to await in the 
vestibule the time when the door of the 
sanctuary should be opened to him. Ter- 
rific noises resembling the roar of thun- 
der, and the bellowing of mighty wnnds 
wxre heard ; mimic lightning flashed, 
and spectres of horrible forms appeared. 
During this period, which, if the con- 
jecture is correct, must have been the 
funeral part of the rites, it is supposed 
that the tragic end of Bacchus, the son 
of Semele, who was murdered by the 
Titans, w'as celebrated. The doors of 
the inner temple were at length thrown 
open, and the candidate beheld the statue 
of the goddess Ceres, surrounded by a 
dazzling light," etc., etc. 

In other words, the candidate began in 
darkness and passing through the forms 
was at last ushered into the brilliant 
light, and beautiful scenes, and so the 
passing from darkness and death 
through horror and fear into light, and 
blessing, which w^as supposed to be the 
nature of these initiatory services. 

Now I wash to read to you from the 

"History of Initiation" on page 11, a 
brief extract. This, you will understand 
is from the lectures of Dr. Oliver. 

"Initiation involved all the confused 
and complicated mechanism of heathen 
mythology; and many of the political 
and domestic customs of antiquity may 
be traced to the same inexhaustible and 
prolific source. It was considered to be 
a mystical death, or oblivion of all the 
stains and imperfections of a corrupted 
and evil life, as well as a descent into 
hell, w^here every pollution was purged by 
lustrations of fire and water; and the 
perfect Epopt was then said to be re- 
generated or new born, restored to a 
renovated existence of life, light and 
purity, and placed under the Divine pro- 

In this same book on the 17th page I 
read to you just a little: "The very 
name of initiation, though possessing a 
wild charm, whose effects on the mind 
were indescribable, yet would conjure 
up unheard of fears, and blanch the 
cheek with imaginary apprehensions. Its 
process by artful changes introduced at 
different periods, in shades so delicate 
as to be unobserved, had become revolt- 
ing; its probations w^ere severe. Innum- 
erable ceremonies, wild and romantic, 
dreadful and appalling, had been en- 
grafted on the few expressive symbols 
of primitive observance ; and instances 
have occurred where the terrified aspir- 
ant, during the protracted rites, has ab- 
solutely expired through excess of fear." 

Repeatedly I have seen references in- 
timating that the candidates not infre- 
quently died under the terrors which 
were induced by these ceremonies 
through which they passed in initiation. 
Clemens of Alexandria in speaking of 
these initiations said : "Such are your 
voluptuous symbols ; your insulting the- 
ologies ; the institutions of your libidi- 
nous gods ; your satyrs, naked nymphs, 
and contests of buffoons exposed in 

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shameless nudity. It is a melancholy 
fact that in the mysteries practiced at 
Alexandria, children of both sexes were 
slain; divination being effected by their 
entrails, and their flesh eaten." So 
Clemens of Alexandria claims in regard 
to these mysteries, which was probably 
one reason for the remark of Paul, ''It 
is a shame to speak of the things which 
are done of them in secret." 

Now I wish to read once more from 
the ''History of Intiation" by Oliver as 
to the way in which these mysteries held 
their men firmly. He says, "But the 
potent spell which sealed the authority 
of the hierophant was the horrid custom 
resorted to in times of pressing danger 
or calamity, of immolating human vic- 
tims, the selection of whom was com- 
monly the prerogative of the chief hier- 
ophant. It is difficult to pronounce, with 
any degree of precision, what was the 
origin of this revolting practice. Thus 
were the initiated placed, by the sanc- 
tion of supernatural apprehensions, at 
the absolute disposal of the hierophant ; 
and the most exalted rank was not ex- 
empt from an abject subserviency, which 
was cemented by fearful oaths and heavy 
and destructive penalties. Few, how- 
ever, of the myriads who sought admis- 
sion into the lesser Mysteries, attained 
to the higher and more perfect degrees, 
for here were imbedded the real secrets 
of the Institution." 

I might say that only within the last 
thirty days our Secretary received a 
communication from Colorado, a lady 
writing to us that her husband had been, 
as she feared, murdered in the Masonic 
lodge, that she had obtained in some 
manner a ritual; that she had' spoken 
of it to neighbor women as a matter of 
amusement ; that her husband had cau- 
tioned her, saying 'Tf you don't look out 
you will get me into serious trouble." 
and thereafter going to a Masonic lodge, 
he did not return. After inc|uii-y being 

made it was found that he died in the 
lodge, the lodge men saying that he had 
shot himself in the basement of the 
lodge hall. He was buried without any le- 
gal inquiry. We didn't know whether the 
statement was trustworthy or not, so our 
Secretary wrote to the city asking one 
of our friends to investigate the matter. 
He found the lady of the name given, a 
resident there; that her husband had re- 
cently died in the lodge hall under cir- 
cumstances which were uncommon, the 
lodge men the only ones present, report- 
ing that he killed himself ; that the burial 
was without legal inquiry, and that the 
woman Avas in hysterics, practically 
weeping the whole time he was in her 

Now of course, you may say what 
you please, you may guess what you like 
here — a man goes to a lodge room, 
his wife having spoken of the secrets of 
the organization to neighbor women, and 
he having cautioned her, and then he is 
killed in that lodge room in some way., 
they say by himself, his friends fear by 
them. The penalties of the oaths would 
of course jutisfy them in murdering him 
if they could. You say, why should any 
such man go to the lodge room? Sure 
enough, why should he? It is a foolish 
thing to do, because it is a very danger- 
ous thing to do ; it was a wrong thing to 

We had exactly the same thing in 
Geneva, New York,- a man killed in re- 
ceiving the third degree ; no investigation 
at all. Friends asked for one ; they did 
not get it. Similar case in West Vir- 
ginia, where a man was killed in taking 
the seventh degree. These two killings 
were supposed to be accidental : and then 
we have had a killing of an Flk. the 
state chairman of the Democratic central 
committee, in the city of Des Moines. 
Iowa, where he sat in the electric chair 
until he was so badlv burned that three 



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days after he died at the Hotel Savoy 
in Des Moines. 

Let me say in this connection that the 
Brahmins in India today, if a person be- 
comes separated from their religion, 
take pains to put the^i out of the way. 
If you will read ''The Truth as it Is," 
a book written recently by a South In- 
dian Missionary, you will find the state- 
ment repeatedly made, where little chil- 
dren becoming Jesus worshipers, as they 
are called, or older people — young men 
and women — becoming followers of 
Jesus Christ, they are murdered, largely 
by poison; they are put out of the road 
by the representatives of these ancient 
mysteries, which are continued down to 
our time in these Pagan countries. 

The Degrading Mysteries. 
Now I must pass to another subject, 

which is not pleasant. Let me read to 
you from page 23 in the ''History of In- 

"The crimes and indecencies of their 
order were soon transferred to the in- 
itiations ; and, at length, this haughty 
priesthood fell with greater rapidity 
than it had risen ; for the open debauch- 
eries of the one, and the unbounded 
liceniousness which pervaded the other, 
excited public horror and aversion, 
against the effects of which, their wealth 
and power were equally unavailable. At 
this period of the degeneracy and degra- 
dation of the Mysteries, the blaze of 
Christianity, like a glorious Pillar of 
Fire, penetrated into their darkest re- 
cesses ; the demons fled, at the approach 
of Truth, and the institutions which thev 
upheld, finally sank to rise no more." 

The thing I wish you to notice in that 
is that these organizations were full of 
debaucheries and licentiousness. 

On pages 28 and 29 of the "History 
of Initiations," from a work on Free- 
masonry, remember, T am reading, the 
statement is that the mysteries of India 
were one of the earliest of the corrup- 

tions of the mysteries. "They were cele- 
brated in subterranean caverns and grot- 
tos." Now on the following page we 
have this statement : "All the temples 
and pagodas of Hindostan were orna- 
mented in the same style. The temple 
of Jaean-nath is a stupendous fabric, 
and truly commensurate with the exten- 
sive sway of Moloch, horrid king. As 
other temples are usually adorned with 
figures emblematical of their religion, 
so Jaean-nath has representations, nu- 
merous and various, of that vice which 
constitutes the essence of his worship. 
The walls and gates are covered with 
indecent emblems, in massive and dur- 
able sculpture." 

On the 30th page of this same book 
the writer says, "And amongst an in- 
numerable multitude of images and sym- 
bolical figures with which the walls were 
covered, the Linga or Phallus, 'the male 
generative organ,' was everywhere con- 
spicuous ; often alone, and sometimes in 
situations too disgusting to be men- 
tioned." He says "The tower of Jag- 
gernaut is covered with indecent em- 
blems, which are newly painted, when 
it is exhibited in public, and are ob- 
jects of sensual gaze by both sexes." 

A specimen of this obscene emblem of 
Linga or Phallus is preserved in the 
Museum of the Asiatic Society in Lon- 

On the 37th page of "History of 
Initiations" I read again : "Another ac- 
count states, that when Mahadeva re- 
ceived the curse of some devotees, 
whom he had disturbed at their de- 
votions, he was deprived of his Lin- 
gam, which in the end proved fatal to 
his life. His consort wandered over the 
earth, and filled the world with her be- 
wailings. Mahadeva was at length re- 
stored under the form of Iswara, and 
united once more to his beloved Sita." 

I will perhaps read a single other one : 
"The ark of Noah, as a lunette, sym- 

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bolized the female principle, with the 
linga, or male principle, for a mast; for 
according to the Brahmins, it was under 
this form that the two principles of gen- 
eration were preserved at the universal 

I don't care to read any more of that 
stuff. There is a great deal of it here, 
but the substance of it is simply this : 
Beginning with the worship of the 
sun as the source of power, the source 
of life, in this world, these paganisms, 
these mysteries descended until their dev- 
otees came to worship the source of 
reproduction in men and women; and 
these objects of worship were pub- 
licly exhibited. I have questioned mis- 
sionaries from India in regard to this 
particular subject, and they tell me that 
this vile emblem is not now so common, 
but still it is seen. 

An extract which I have read says it 
was not uncommon for persons to pre- 
serve models of the generative organs as 
charms and wear them about the neck. 
You can judge the moral status of the 
people where this was common. 

Now I have here, and I must relieve 
you, I see, because the time has gone 
further than I wished, I have here, 
which I will not read to you, at all, 
something like six or eight clear, definite 
statements by this Masonic writer, that 
Freemasonry is copied from these xAn- 
cient Mysteries, and that the religious 
philosophy of Freemasonry agrees that 
it is the same as that found in the An- 
cient Mysteries. 

Now I have got to relieve your pa- 
tience and I am not going to read any 
more of these extracts, but I want to 
call your attention to them. Freema- 
sonry, this writer teaches, and I have 
not read from any man who is not a 
Freemason, tonight; this writer teaches 
that Freemasonry in its religious phil- 
osophy is descended from these Ancient 
Mysteries. Now if that is true, and 

these writers affirm it, what then would 
you expect the spiritual reaction to be. 
Its principles you would not expect to 
be so offensive in Chicago, surely, as 
they are in India, but if the root prin- 
ciple is the same, what will the effect of 
the spiritual reaction be? If I had time 
I could give you the testimony of men, 
who declare that the principles of these 
lodges of your time are working the 
same moral effects in Chicago and in 
your time, that they worked in India and 
Egypt in those of which I have been 

What the Christian's Attitude. 
Now ^ will ask you this question : If 
it is true that the ancient mysteries 
were worship; if it is true that this wor- 
ship began with the worship of the sun 
and moon and stars, and descended and 
descended until this vileness which I 
have read in your hearing, which I do 
not care to repeat, were the common- 
places of the mysteries, and if Freema- 
sonry in copying from these mysteries, 
is building upon the same religious phil- 
osophic principles as they were, and if 
the lodge movement is working-out today 
in your region the same eft'ects which 
these mysteries of olden time worked 
out in those days, what should be the 
attitude of Christian people in regard to 
these things? Should it be an attitude 
of indifference? Should it be an attitude 
of approval? or should it be an attitude 
of uncompromising hostility, through 
open testimony? I may say frankly that 
if the testimony of the thousand 
churches in Chicago were as true and 
consistent in regard to these matters as 
the testimony of the Mennonite churches 
of Chicago, as the testimony of the 
Brethren churches ; as the testimony of 
the Free Methodist churches, or the 
Wesleyan Methodist, or the Christian 
Reformed, or Reform Presbyterian, and 
Associate Presbyterian churches ; so 
clear, unwavering and constant as the 



September, 1914. 

testimony of some others is, we could 
lead several tens of thousands of young 
men from slavery to the light this win- 
ter. How many people there are whose 
minds are partially enlightened on this 
subject. And people tonight, where some 
of us were sitting — there are two ladies 
here attending the Board meetings of the 
great Presbyterian Church, they are 
neither of them identified with any 
movement against secret societies ; yet 
both of these ladies said with perfect 
frankness this evening that the secret 
societies in their towns from which they 
came, were sapping the strength of the 
Christian churches ; that the woi^en who 
were in the Eastern Star and the other 
secret societies were of very little use 
religiously. That the men who got into 
these organizations, were generally not 
the helpful men, and they emphasized, 
what they very likely would have said if 
they understood the system better, not 
only are the ones who get into these or- 
ganizations of very little use in the 
churches, but most of them are no use 
at all, because none of them are there. 

I said to a German, What is the re- 
lation of Freemasonry to the Christian 
churches of Germany? He said there 
is no relation. The Freemasons are all 

I beg your pardon for having taken 
so much of your time, but I am sure 
that you will admit that the subject is 
vastly important, and if you are a little 
wearied, I think you will turn these 
matters over in your mind, as you go 
away, and that that will enable you to 
render a more vigorous testimony in re- 
gard to these things than heretofore. 
A'ou may be sure that the same princi- 
ples which were in the Ancient Mys- 
teries in India, Egypt, Greece and Rome 
— you may be sure these same principles 
are operating in the lodges of these 
towns in which you are living, that the 
effects, modified somewhat by the sur- 

roundings and time, are identical, and 
what the Christian Church ought to 
have done in the past, the Christian 
Church ought to do now, in your day: 
"Have no fellowship with the unfruit- 
ful works of darkness, but rather re- 
prove them."— Eph. 5:11. May God 
help every one of us to be so true and 
faithful that in the end we shall be 
found free from the blood of the souls 
that have perished by reason of these 
false religions which are about us on 
every side. 


Among other provisions of the Clay- 
ton omnibus bill which should not be 
adopted without the fullest consideration 
and debate is the following: 

That nothing contained in the antitrust 
laws shall be construed to forbid the ex- 
istence and operation of fraternal, labor, 
consumers', agricultural, or horticultural 
organizations, orders, or associations, in- 
stituted for purposes of mutual help, and 
not having capital stock or conducted for 
profit, or to forbid or restrain individual 
members of such organizations, orders, or 
associations from carrying out the legiti- 
mate objects thereof; nor shall such organ- 
izations, orders, or associations, or mem- 
bers thereof, be held or construed to be il- 
legal combinations or conspiracies in re- 
straint of trade under the antitrust law. 

This is a very frank piece of class dis- 
crimination which should not be adopted 
v/ithout a thorough understanding of 
what such discrimination means, the rea- 
sons, if any, back of granting special im- 
munities to the classes enumerated, and 
the tendency encouraged by such legisla- 

The test proposed is not that these or- 
ganizations shall not restrain trade. It 
is a straight class test, and they are 
thereupon left free, in fact, to do all the 
things forbidden to other classes by the 
antitrust laws. Why? 

When American lawmaking begins to 
discriminate flatly and to permit one 
man to do acts which another is for- 
bidden to do, we have embarked on dan- 
gerous waters. Certainlv if there is 
either justice or public policy in the im- 
munities and discriminations of the 
Clavton bill it should be shown clearlv 
before they are arce])ted. — Chicago 

September, 1914. 




Uil^t Olflmtng Olflnfltrt 



Another, Yet the Same. 

'This is true liberty when freeborn men, 
Having to advise the public may speak free; 
What can be juster in a state than this?" 

One boast concerning Masonry is that 
it is always and everywhere the same. In 
some things it differs. In the appendages 
and customs and symbols of the insti- 
tution there are differences according to 
the peculiar beliefs and sentiments of the 
people among whom it exists. In Amer- 
ica ''the book of the law," to please the 
Christian, is the Bible ; but to satisfy the 
Jew the name of Christ is expunged from 
passages quoted in the rituals and moni- 
tors, and from the prayers of the lodge ; 
and to satisfy the infidel the square and 
the compass are added on an equality 
with the Scriptures or even placed above 
them. In China ''the book of the law" is 
the works of Confucius. xAmong Mo- 
hammedans there is the Koran, and 
among the disciples of Zoroaster will 
be found the Zend Avesta. 

The customs in all lodges, even in 
this country, are not the same. The oath 
is not always administered in the same 
words. The candidates for initiation are 
not all dressed (or undressed) precisely 
alike. The proceedings of the various 
lodges differ. The members are far fromi 
being the same. Among them are found 
ministers and infidels, Christians and 
heathen, the temperate and the drunk- 
ard, the temperance lecturer and the sa- 
loonkeeper, the chaste and the libertine, 
the sheriff and the professional burglar, 
the judge and the indicted criminal, the 
warden and the ex-convict, and some- the prisoner — good and bad men of 
nearly every class. 

In what, then, is Masonry the same 
everywhere? Only in spirit and in a few- 
fundamental principles and unchangeable 
customs. The sameness of the lodge in 
some respects will be illustrated in this 
chapter of history. 

Thomas R. Martin, the seceding ma- 
son who was announced to reveal the 

secret workings of the order in Bran- 
don, left his home nearly a week before 
the time appointed for the work to be- 
gin. By taking a circuitous route, a part 
of his journey could be made by boating 
up the delightful river. Choosing to 
combine pleasure with business, he se- 
lected this route. By stage he reached 
Mikronville, which was some thirty miles 
from his home in the opposite direction 
from Brandon, but, owing to a large 
bend in the river, it was the nearest place 
at which he could reach a landing. Very 
few boats were running, but the next 
day he was fortunate enough to secure 
passage on a small but first class steam- 
er. The trip including stops occupied 
about two days. On the morning of the 
second day a very friendly and courte- 
ous stranger approached and entered in- 
to conversation. By m.utually introduc- 
ing themselves, each discovered that the 
other was a minister. After pleasantly 
discussing different subjects, especially 
the tenets of their churches, which were 
closely related, the stranger incidentally 
mentioned the subject of Masonry. Mr. 
Martin asked him what he considered the 
relation of Masonry to Christianity. 

"Ah ! her handmaid," approvingly an- 
swered the stranger. "Indeed, her twin 

"You are a member then, I suppose," 
said Mr. Martin. 

"I am most happy to say that I am a 
Knight Templar," was the proud answer, 
with the query, "Are you, sir?" 

"I was once a Royal Arch Mason." 

"And not now?" 

"No, sir, I left the order entirely." 

"How could you? 'Once a Mason al- 
ways a Mason.' " 

"So the books say, but I do not say so." 

"Of course you could cease attending 
lodge and paying dues, but you can never 
be freed from your obligation, and your 
obligation makes you a Mason." 

"But I am free from every obligation. 
I am not a Freemason but a free man." 



September, 1914. 

''Do you mean that you do not owe 
the highest duty of a Mason, that of se- 

"Yes, sir; you understand me?" 

*'Well," said the reverend stranger as- 
tonished, "what about your oaths?" 

"]\Iv dear brother, I never took an 
oath in the lodge," was the answer. 

"Then you never were a Mason," said 
the stranger. 

"AA'ell, I was put through the usual 
ceremonies. I was initiated, passed and 
then raised to the sublime degree, as we 
used to say," replied Martin very slowly, 
with the circumflex on nearly every word. 

"Then why did you not take an oath?" 

''Just because when I pronounced the 
words of the obligation it was wdth the 
expressed condition that I took it as an 
oath if it contained nothing inconsistent 
with my duties. After pronouncing or 
mumbling clause after clause I found 
that it was inconsistent, so I consider J 
have never sw^orn to it," answered the se- 

"Y^our oath is above every other obli- 
gation, and no duty can conflict with it. 
If anything does conflict, it is not a duty. 
Do you not believe the words of one of 
our great authors, 'The oath is irrevoca- 
ble ; no law of the land can affect it ; no 
anathema of the church can weaken it'?" 

"No, sir, I do not believe that. If you 
will allow me to use your own words T 
will say, that I believe: The law of God 
is above every other obligation and no 
duty can conflict with it. If anything 
conflicts with the Bible it is not a duty. 
It is the only rule of right. No law of 
the land, no anathema of an erring 
church, and no oath of any kind can 
weaken it or change it. Is that not true ?" 
answered Mr. Martin. 

"Sir," was the answer, "if your argu- 
ment were correct, it would only show 
that if in any certain case your obligation 
conflicted with supposed duty, you would 
be free from that part only, and not from 
vour sworn duty to ever conceal the se- 

Mr. Alartin answered, "On your ad- 
mission I could reveal all." 

"How, without perjury?" 

"Easy enough. The worshipful mas- 
ter or the lodge is not my judge of right 
and duty. My own conscience must be. 
I do not, must not, give it to another's 

keeping. Now% I consider Masonry dan- 
gerous and evil to a man, to the church, 
and to the state. I believe, then, that as 
a citizen and a minister, I ought to warn 
all, especially young men, against it, as 
against other evils. To do this I must 
plainly tell them what Masonry is and 
what it does." 

"But I suppose that you, a Christian 
minister, never violate your oath," said 
the stranger with a slight sneer. 

"No, sir, I tell you, I never took an 
oath," answered Mr. Martin quickly. "I 
never swore to do anything inconsistent 
with my duty." 

"And all secrecy is inconsistent?" 
asked the stranger. 

"Oh no, no," replied Martin. "Secrecy 
is not wrong in itself. No one believes 
that. But for me to keep the secrets of 
Masonry is inconsistent with my duty 
to others." 

"And do you reveal them?'' 

"If you wish to know whether or not 
my practice is according to my princi- 
ples, I will say cheerfully that often in 
private I have warned young men of the 
ceremonies through which they must 
pass to become Masons, and what obliga- 
tions they must take, but I have never 
yet made a public exposition of the lodge, 
as I expect to do next week," promptly 
answered Mr. Martin. 

"Then you are a perjured villain, and 
ought to be punished accordingly," said 
the very courteous minister and advanced 
member of the excellent order of love 
and charit}', as he walked away with un- 
subdued passions. 

Several other passengers had gathered 
around these ministers during this con- 
versation and had become much interest- 
ed, as is usual when this subject is dis- 
cussed. Some murmured, but some be- 
gan to ask questions about the order. 
Mr. Martin answered these as fast as he 
was able, and pointed out as he had op- 
portunity, the danger and the evil of 
the things which he revealed. The bell 
tapped for supper. Mr. Martin promised 
that after eating he would tell them all 
about the inside of the lodge. He went 
to the table and partook of a hearty meal. 
Soon after several passengers gathered 
around him and asked him to proceed 
with his exposition. He was seated com- 
fortably on the deck, from where he, as 

September, 1914. 



well as others, could see the beauty of 
the hills and of the farms which they 
were passing. The evening was calm 
and pleasant. The sun was just setting 
in all its glory. It not only painted the 
clouds as with pigment, but also stained 
the water of the river as with a crimson 
dye. As they looked back on the wake 
of the boat, its ruffled waters seemed like 
a troubled sea of blood. Martin intro- 
duced the subject by saying that he felt 
peculiarly impressed with the surround- 
ings. His life was like this journey. All 
around him was beauty and joy. Beyond 
and above him he believed was glory. 
While his path itself was like the path of 
the boat, unsafe, troubled, and at last, 
perhaps, stained with blood. He began to 
answer their request more directly by 
saying. in a calm and pleasant manner 
which was in harmony with his own feel- 
ings and the character of the evening: 

"]\Iy friends, I do not like to talk on 
this subject. I do it not for pleasure, nor 
for profit, not merely to satisfy your cu- 
riosity, but because I believe it is my 
duty, as certainly as it is the duty of this 
boat to pass over dangerous rapids in 
obedience to him who stands at the 
wheel. Masonry must be revealed time 
and again until its secret workings are 
known and understood. Nothing will kill 
it sooner or more certainly. Taking the 
covering off it and exposing it to view, is 
much like killing an eel by skinning it. 
It's cruel, but it's quick, easy and sure. 

"Masonry is not an old institution. Its 
very name, 'Ancient,' is a falsehood. It 
was organized in 171 7. On the 24th day 
of June, in that year, four societies of 
working Masons met in Apple Tree Tav- 
ern in the city of London and formed 
the first lodge of speculative, or Tree 
and Accepted Masons.' Mackey, in his 
'Lexicon of Freemasonry,' tells us that 
'what marks the modern lodge as a to- 
tally and entirely different thing from 
those which existed before the London 
meeting of 1717, is this: That at that 
time Masonry ceased to be operative and 
became speculative, and the lodges have 
since had no more to do with building 
than have convents of priests.' The 
Grand Orator of Iowa publicly confessed 
this truth when he said, 'To claim great 
antiquity for our order may do to tell 

the marines ; but it is an insult to the 
common intelligence of men.' 

"Masonry is not old, but some_ of its 
ceremonies are ancient. They are de- 
rived from the old Baal worship. From 
the time one enters the lodge he must 
conform to the old heathenish worship 
of the sun." 

Mr. Alartin had begun to speak slowly 
and with difficulty. He seemed bewilder- 
ed. He waited a moment and began 
again : 

"At a meeting of the lodge, the ]Mas- 
ter having called it to order and seated . 
the officers, says to the Junior Warden, 
"Brother Junior, are they all entered ap- 
prentice Masons in the south? The an- 
swer is, ^'They are, Worshipful.' The 
^Master then asks of the Senior Warden, 
'Brother Senior, are they all entered ap- 
prentice ]\Iasons in the west?' He an- 
swers" — 

The answer did not come. Mr. IMartin 
fell down in a violent spasm, an epileptic 
fit some supposed. A physician on board 
was called, made an examination and 
quickly gave him some medicine. Soon 
he was better, but seemd stupid and list- 
less. The physician sent him to bed, 
where he slept until the next morning, 
when they expected to reach Brandon. 

Mr. Martin did not dare to .eat again 
on the boat. A few minutes before reach- 
ing Brandon he took the physician aside 
and asked him the cause of his violent 

The doctor said, "Ahem ; were you 
ever troubled that way before?" 

"No, sir." 

"Ahem, well," said the doctor timidly, 
"probably you had better be careful, or 
you may be troubled -again. 

"Why so?" asked Martin. 

"Well, indeed, I think — I ask you not 
to mention it — I would not dare to say 
so publicly, but I believe the cause of the 
trouble was a — dose of poison. You 
came within an inch of dying, and I ad- 
vise you hereafter to leave secret so- 
cieties alone. Now notice I am not a 
Mason, nor a friend of Masonry. I am 
an antimason, but" — said the timid physi- 
cian, stopping suddenly and nodding his 
head significantly a few times. 

"I certainly am very grateful for your 
warniniT and for vour.kind care of me. 




September, 1914. 

How much do I owe you for your pro- 
fessional services,'' said Mr. Martin. 

''Nothing whatever. I wouldn't think 
of charging you anything. I am glad to 
be the means of saving your life. I am an 
antimason, but think it is unwise to ex- 
pose myself for all that can be done. Ma- 
sonry cannot be overthrown. It is too 
strong. Fighting it is like butting your 
head against a stone wall." 

"So it was said of slavery once," sug- 
gested Martin. 

"But this will be a harder conflict," 
said the doctor. 

"I think not," said Mr. Martin. "Ex- 
pose it, and it will become unpopular; 
let it become unpopular and it will be- 
come worthless ; let it become worthless 
and it will die; while a slave was valu- 
able as long as one was possessed." 

"Yes, I see some difference, but I am 
not ready or able to help you. It isn't 

"Do you understand Masonry, its law^s 
and principles, its obligations and pow- 

"No, I have only observed a few facts 
and events something like that of yes- 
terday. I am opposed, but — but am not 
in the fight." 

"But, sir, you ought to be in the fight. 
If all who are opposed even as little as 
you. would only show their colors, in a 
very short time Masonry would be no 
more. It could not stand the tide of pop- 
ular opinion against it. But I must leave 
you here." said Mr. Martin, as the boat 
touched the shore. "Please give me your 
address and allow me to thank you again 
for saving my life. I shall always re- 
member you." 

"I am glad to have met you," answered 
the doctor, handing him his card, "and 
hope to meet you again." 

"Thank you. I hope, too, we shall meet 
again. But will you look up this ques- 
tion, remembering the events of yester- 
dav ?" 

"Yes. such things are not easily for- 
gotten. I am now opposed to Masonrv, 
but it will not do much good to fight it. 
It only makes matters worse." 

The boat had just landed. Mr. Mar- 
tin bade his friend a cordial farewell 
and went on shore. Dr. Groves met him 
and took him to his own home, where 
he had invited him to remain until after 
the lectures. 

If there was a little breeze when the 
bills for the lectures were posted, there 
was a gale when the lecturer arrived, and 
when the time for the exposition came 
there was a whirlwind. By the third eve- 
ning the village had become a city in 
population. Farmers for miles around 
had come, bringing their whole fam- 
ilies. Citizens of neighboring villages 
were there, and even a few came from 
the city. No building could hold one- 
tenth of the people, so it was deemed 
best to adjourn to the public park to 
work the third degree. 

On the first evening, Mr. Martin gave 
a brief history of the order, called atten- 
tion to its boasted principles, exposed its 
sham charity, pointed out its false re- 
ligion and declared that for these reasons 
he hated the institution and fought 
against it so that young men might be 
deterred from entering it, and its mem- 
bers might be induced to escape its bond- 
age. After a lengthy introduction, in 
which he gained the sympathy, confi- 
dence and respect of all unbiased per- 
sons in the audience, he called seven 
men to the stage and asked them to act 
as masonic officers. These put on little 
white aprons, felt like fools, and took 
their places as Martin directed them. 
Then acting as spokesman for all, having 
secured a candidate, the lecturer duly 
opened the lodge, initiated a young man 
into the mysteries of Masonry in due and 
regular form and closed the lodge. 

All this was done in a quiet and order- 
ly manner, with only one or two inter- 
ruptions from the audience. Shortly 
after beginning the ceremonies of initia- 
tion he intentionally, but as though in 
ignorance, varied from the established 
customs of the order. In conducting the 
candidate from the Master in the east to 
the Senior Warden in the west, he led 
him by the way of the north, or contrary 
to the course of the sun. This was a seri- 
ous blunder, for the being that is wor- 
shiped must be followed. There was a 
low laugh by a few in the rear part of 
the house, which the greater part of the 
audience could not understand. The lec- 
turer promised to explain the matter be- 
fore adjourning. 

When the candidate had been brought 
into the room before this, there was a 
shout of derision and cries of "Shame !" 
"Shame!" There was the candidate 

September, 1914. 



standing before them, divested of his 
outward apparel, his eyes bHndfolded, 
his left foot bare, his right in a slipper, 
his left breast and arm naked, and a rope 
called a cable tow around his neck and 
arm. Air. Martin pointed his finger sev- 
eral seconds at the candidate and then 
slowly and forcibly answered, "Yes, it is 
a shame for any man of sense or honor 
to submit to such rites and ceremonies as 
every man must do when he first enters 
the lodge." 

"Old pious Deacon Moyle, who kept a 
meat market in the village, and who had 
been in the habit on Sabbaths of shed- 
ding tears at the sanctuary in the morn- 
ing, and the blood of bulls and goats at 
his slaughter house in the evening, arose 
and said : 

"In righteous indignation and disgust 
I denounce this whole performance as a 

"Well, stranger, are you a Mason?" 
asked Alartin. 

"I am. and know all about it," was the 

"Let me ask you one more question," 
said the lecturer. "When you were ini- 
tiated were you not inclosed in a larg^e 
bag, carried around the room, and finally 
immersed in a tank of cold water ; were 
you ?" 

"No, sir, nor anything like it," an- 
swered the deacon very promptly and 

"Are you willing to swear to that?" 

"Yes, sir, I am," he said emphatically. 

"Now," said Mr. Martin, "I will pay 
the legal fee, and leave your village to- 
night, and promise never to return, or to 
lecture on this subject elsewhere, and 
you will only do your duty to this audi- 
ence if your first statement is true, if you 
will now stand up before 'Squire Jones 
and take an oath that when you were ini- 
tiated into the Entered Apprentice de- 
gree of Masonry you did not present a 
similar appearance to our candidate, or, 
in masonic language, that you were not 
'prepared by being divested of all metals, 
neither naked or clothed, barefoot or 
shod, hoodwinked, with a cable tow 
around your neck, in which condition 
you were conducted to the door of the 
lodge.' " 

Mr. Moyle became very red in the face. 
The audience laughed when he hesitated. 

He grew redder, answered, "You are a 
perjured villain," and sat down. 

"I cheerfully admit," answered Mr. 
Martin, "that I am revealing what the 
masonic oath would require Masons to 
ever conceal, but you confirm all my 
statements when you say that by giving 
them I perjure myself ; and not only 
have you in this way, but every Mason 
here has broken his oath, because all have 
sworn never to sit in a clandestine lodge, 
a lodge like this, working without a legal 

(To be continued.) 

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such as "A Business Devil," "A Society 
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September, 1914. 

Ileni0 of ®ur Pori 

There is no letter for publication from 
Rev. A. ]\Iurrman, our Nebraska Secre- 
tary, this month, for the reason that he 
has been enjoying a little respite from his 
strenuous labors. He went immediately 
from his pastorate into our work without 
any vacation, hence he and Mrs. Murr- 
man have gone aside for a few days of 
rest. " ^ 

A subscriber in Michigan writes, I had 
intended to discontinue my subscription 
as I have more literature than I have 
time to read, but on receiving your letter 
I changed my mind and enclose $i.oo. 
The Christian Cynosure is certainly 
worthy of support. 

Rev. Ernest Ross, of Grand Rapids, 
^Michigan, writes : I reiterate what I said 
at the Convention in Grand Rapids : 
"The best weapon against the lodges are 
their own rituals." Take a ritual along 
when you wish to convince a man of the 
unchristian principles of a lodge. Ritual 
and Bible do not agree. 

We were pleased to receive a call this 
past month from Rev. Otto Erbe, of 
Boone, Iowa. We hope the Iowa Asso- 
ciation will secure him for an address at 
their next convention. Mr. James P. 
Thomas, a Cynosure subscriber since 
1887, also visited the office. His home is 
now in Oakdale, California. He has 
been one of our most persistent distribu- 
tors of literature during many years. 


Among those who have enlisted until 
the war ends and victory has come, is 
Rev. Aug. Olson. As an officer of the 
State Avssociation, he is very desirous 
that a conference shall be held this fall 
and writes that he will endeavor to se- 
cure the calling of a meeting of the other 
officers ''and see what can be done." He 
writes : ''We need a man in Oregon who 
will give his whole time to this work. 
All small towns and camps throughout 
Oregon are worked by the Devil in or- 
der to get hold of the m.en and they are 
snared by all kinds of lodges." We shall 
hope to hear good news from the Oregon 
Association in the near future. 

A friend in New Jersey writes: I was 
very glad to receive your letter. I felt 
very much in the depths from the fact 

that not one Christian in was 

willing to aid me in putting out the 
Friend's antisecrecy tracts, although I 
had notified a member of the one little 
antisecrecy church here that I needed 
help to get out literature before the Ma- 
sonic-Methodist Bishop Berry came here 
last Sunday. 

But I succeeded in putting hundreds 
out in the avenues in the camp meeting 
enclosure, radiating from the auditorium 
where the Bishop was to hold forth the 
next day. I felt repaid the day the 
Bishop came, to see the manner in which 
I was cut by one of the many Masonic 
clergymen here, as he passed by my cot- 
tage and while looking at me deliberately 
ignored my greeting. I felt then that the 
vaccination had "took." 


Rev. T. M. Slater, President of the 
Washington Christian Association, 
writes : 'Tt is our hope to arrange for 
a meeting this fall and in the meantime 
we are working at the distribution of lit- 
erature. Mr. Klein is aggressive along 
this line. He is an earnest man and has 
his heart in the work. Your recent is- 
sue of Dr. Blanchard's broadside against 
the 'Prophets of Baal' is a master stroke. 
What will it cost to obtain five hundred 
copies to put throughout the state. It is 
the best thing I have ever read and ought 
to be in the hands of every minister 
throughout the world everywhere. 

Princeton, Ind., Aug. loth, 1914. 
Dear Brother Phillips : 

The Illinois Presbytery of the R. P. 
Church meets here in September. At the 
conference the following subjects are 
to be discussed. Freemasonry is a Re- 
ligion, by Rev. D. C. Matthews, of 
Houston, 111., It's Not the Christian Re- 
ligion, by Rev. J. M. Coleman, of Bloom- 
ington, Ind., Freemasonry Mutilates the 
Scripture, by Rev. George Edger, of St. 
Louis, Mo. We who know the ability of 
these speakers expect a feast. I hope 
some of our lodge ministers may come 
out to the meeting. 

Sincerelv yours, 

R. A. McCoy. 

September, 1914. 




The Ohio State Convention met in the 
Columbiana Ohio opera house on Au- 
gust 31st and September ist. Among 
the speakers secured by Secretary Stod- 
dard are Eld. A. W. Harrold, Columbi- 
ana; Eld. A. I. Heestand, Smithville; 
Rev. C Z. Yoder, Wooster; Rev. A. W. 
Kennedy, Alliance ; Bishop A. J. Steiner, 
North Lima ; Rev. P. R. Lantz, Weilers- 
ville ; Rev. J. M. Johnston, Y'oungstown ; 
Rev. W. H. Bachman, Youngstown, and 
President S. P. Long, Mansfield, Ohio. 

Owing to the fact that the Convention 
takes place after we have gone to press, 
we are unable to give a report of it in 
this issue, but a more extended account 
of the meetings will be given in our next 

I have read the letter by Ex-Chaplain 
Stubbs, a seceding Mason, in the July 
Cynosure and I think it reveals more 
clearly than ever the need of a wide 
gap between the Christian who is enlight- 
ened as to this evil, and the one who is 
blind. As long as a minister can be 
Baal's prophet and at the same time be 
recognized as a man of God, just so long 
will our testimony have little weight with 
him. If we believe that the masonic-af- 
filiated preacher is a prophet of Baal, 
then why not give him the same place in 
our Christian fellowship that we do to 
a Alorman preacher or a Buddhist or Mo- 
hammed priest, or a priest of any heath- 
en religion ? All of us who claim to be 
enlightened in this matter should refuse 
to even occupy the platform where these 
prophets of Baal are recognized as min- 
isters of Jesus Christ ; for if we by our 
presence give silent consent to their 
claim to be called of God, and join with 
them in their devotions, then our testi- 
mony that they are prophets of Baal is 
of no effect and we are vain talkers. We 
ought either to stand by our colors, or 
cease the battle. Yours trulv, 

P. A. Klein. 

Rev. Alfred Brat, writes of his trip of 
six weeks through Kansas, New Mexico 
and Colorado, taking him over some 
three thousand five hundred miles of ter- 
ritory. Wherever he stopped in either of 
the states, he made it his business to dis- 

tribute the N. C. A. tracts, which he car- 
ried with him for that purpose, with the 
prayerful hope and expectation that God 
would bless the distribution of the- tracts 
by the turning away of many from the 
lodge before it is too late. 

Speaking of the scenery upon which 
he looked, especially in Colorado, he 
writes : "What an awful impression of 
God's greatness and power and wisdom 
do we obtain from these views. And 
what is there that man by the grace of 
God cannot achieve? is the thought as 
one looks at the wonderful accomplish- 
ments in railroading." 

The Christian Reformed Church has 
a consumptive's home called the Bethes- 
da Sanitarium, in Colorado, which Mr. 
Brat visited and of which he writes : 
''What a fine place for the sick! What 
good care is given them both in respect 
to body and soul. Several thanked God 
for what they had heard and seen of 
Christianity as applied at 'Bethesda' ; 
and to think that only six dollars a week 
is charged, and its doors are open to 
everyone that comes who will comply 
with the rules." 

An Indiana friend sa}-s : Since I found 
Jesus and knew the joy of His salvation, 
I have never belonged to any secret so- 
cieties except the Grand Army. I do 
not like ritual prayers. 

The longer I live the more I value 
.those sermons where one man is the miri- 
ister and one man is the congregation : 
where there can be no doubt as to who 
is meant when the preacher says, "Thou 
art the man." — Henry Ward Beecher. 


r,V S. PON EtU LUX. 

Comie one, come all, 
Hear Phillips' call 

For money to run 

The Association. 
Walk up, walk up. 
Dig up, dig up. 

Do not delay, 

Send in to-day. 
It may seem funny. 
But it takes money 

To make things go, 

As vou all know. 


'C^n. ^I.^o: Mrs. C- C ^iisiw. S: 

:■ £1 the till ±isnk L. ufDsoiL S4-0?: Mr: 

Vr^en VC42 siiall die. Woodward. Si. 00; Rev. Frti 

^^~ I'J. enscKEL M.OD: xer. C- u. ^.:e^.^:lg. M.o: : 

.C'Tv jou ki>jw ReT. W'm. Harder. Si.od: J. C Itrr. 

rei the 5?u?h. 55.03: John Hhd V . hti . Sio.oo: Eliza r 

- " tua^e --15 rer_iih. Porter. S5.00: Sier-hen Hig^Tiisoii. So-25 . 

i ir. ±r -Ms:: ■ WiliDoi Si'^worth. S3.00: S. B. Lai- 

shaw. S^o.'Dd: Mrs, J. E.. RiiUrr?. Sic.o^: 

.-„-^- ... _^-^ --.---^ _--v^_ C^rllere 'Zhnirdi of Chir:?i- T^"h-:,: ::; I/. 

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■v^-^~r- ^, --_2e=:£QT2 hm^ih^T ihe T^'end- ^~:ste of Geo. S. Hitdioock, S5.00. 

^^ iTum Oiristisii Reformed Churches: 

-%,= Ponrteenih St.. Hollan'd. l^xIidiL, Siccci: 

±e -5irc^ir-"^\': "rTenlar^d ^-- '"^^^"^'^ Rapids 'C Mich-'i West, S37.72 : 

^"r--^ viassis. Illinois. S:?Q.'^; Goshen. Iri'diaria. 

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X. ^ 

e= in this vr--ld we ~"" meolc^cal SeminaTj Boo" 

^0 sncocit Mr' MiiTT^ Pnni: Philo C HUdrcih. Tnisief 
Vr.'^Toddard in the ^35-3^- 

- -: _v 

come to onr sntoirt if 

:ec, v\ e t-- 

I: srrtiied -wise for nte to ootntinre the 
Ohio work this month and hoid the state 

c-ucii 1. cT'j ::onTention instead of the nsnal work in 

nnth regret missing the can^p meetinr? 

_ _ _ ;5 thev alwaTs help in many ways. 

>-*^-^---^ --- -"\„-^- ~t^-" •^-^^---■_^^-' - I find Ohio as heretofore, willing :: 

^- .'--r^. ^__ ^r __'r-^-_. ^- p..--ni-u- stand DT the n^an and the work thi: 

OITTrrrOTOr'^m cotmts. ^"hile fiienids are umrh inter- 

^ w^.»-^-._j: ^2o- e?ted in the antisaloon contest in pro^r- 

r :r_ .-nmnal Lonvennon: Jxiiss Rn- re^s here, thej are n:t fzriretfTil that they 

-"^ ~~' -S'~!r' ^^~- "^'' '-• ^-^^^^- sdso hixe a tren-endo^s f c^e in the secre: 

S:.!':- A. _. ^ondenbatk. S^.co: J. B. lod-^e system. The Opera House in Cr- 

ztmt~. >5-:': ; I'^^nron \\ .^ anc Inmhiana has been semred for C'lzr t:r- 

_'-rf.^ ^. rin.egrnor. i^ J. '<j. isn There are many days set apam f:r 

E re- tiis.^St- -■:♦:■ : Vr?. :r j\.. T*awson. rennions and gatherings of Taiions 

-5->- '_y_.i. _. _. -.rser.terger. ?f •"*-*■ kinds that made the selection of a ccr- 

Mrf. r^eiii .'.jrrefter. St.o: : '^ihe:- -rention date difficult. There are Mer- 

h:r 1: An:-.nii_ .orTent: en. Sd-72. ^ ncmte. Brethren. Lntheran. Friends .and 

_--' -~^-"- -~- 7- JOa-ridrtn: ..irs. 'L. other chnrches near Cctlnmhiana and ii 

Hiliegrrds. : Ke-.-. J. G. Brooks, i? expected they will all add strenrdi to 

?2.:«: : -.^cherr.on a: Anrnai ConTernon. onr meeting. It was felt the H:^:: ~z 

Szz^c^z: :r. i_. ivimball Si .■>:■. were giring was minch needed in '':.:■.'. 

rir^cnrrem expense?: trertrjide Kel- city. I fonnd a pastor there wearing 

chn H:geD'oc-rm. S0.50: the Masonic emblem oonspicnoiisjy or 

rr. So.-c : -:. _ Park his coat. He said the IMasons were ins: 

'N Z 

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T. :^I.C'^ '. z.. . L-2.nssen 

G. L. Ccffn. S3C'-CC': H. A. he frankly admitted they had priyers 

25 TiCu 1 

v._-" rf :r 1:17 :t me ?t2TvCoTd Ixlc^iam*: 

-•■- Hr i^rrt-ed laj uj £-jd husnci ii>e 

--":-. If Tre r.nfii"d -mlj ^-e: xbc 

: ■ :- rirti beTc tbere «"c>ELJd re lil- 

7 -Tth line f'O^ciL Onr SiEie 

__--_.: I r. S- P. I^ofcg- its? ikt li^e 

: rrt L'f 1£5 DCOTemSrrri zd- .dress, *"Tbc 

-_:.r;'Z'erd cc i5>e SdijI"" Ti-e sreen p£s- 

nres ic-r l£s 'r«eccr!e sre i>ereT iDczijd in 

" ' J f r.. Tbe ;p'-'ogTE-n. i^kT irris cded- 

'^'"rnle Tisiizn^ ibe se-nSon €d C'^mc* x-ear 

T'r.-"«re had the Sn^r Ci:iirre:n~5Di: Issi 

. " - 1 ij^id fv^rer^ uDeein:^ in ^Vlen- 

- ;■ :r 2i>d Breiiiren rnnurdbes znd i.i'iind 

"rreased "wr" . ^rg i^ess id sinjfpic^rr e-ct 

; :'ibeT-5rise- Ai SriirrriLc- a ju^iin^ 
■■._i: 2L5>ed roe if I tstil? Br.- a. Jesrc: 
~z^z ~-z sijd Ti .ai JC'dge -TT'fr?! itad re- 
'I'Tied iTiai ^ "jSTSS and ^-a? sent 'Dth bj Hjc 
~a£hD]5cs and idiai T siit^C'j ^c T«src:^e"s 

- ■ -■ r~ and skrrc«ed r-nr, ±.T~-deniflx xbe 
" .t ^panr^'e irene noi r.jeased isdii mj 
~::^ns in xhai se^ni'!??!!. 1 iiaxe ai^ozci- 
nenis tG' sg«f^^"<c i>ear SnniiiiTilje loexi SaBr- 
iiTJi. _lts:^d "-e-LTnres are amanired ibt 

' ' ' "-iTST'-'im and on i. rsesdaT erenms" 1 

- - ■ •: m ii>e LmheTan dimrrii in Salem- 

if iht L.Lrd i^rills- Ad'drtsses 'dur- 

'■ : -"e ini'Bnih ha— e ^«een |^en at Can- 

- ' - -Tille, L ^mill^e. Daiirui. "^ e£ers- 

- i -izh GrDTe, MSdis-ay. Le^wisicn- 

' - ■ -. - " -_ Fir=t MemKmbe mnrribes, 

. ~::n. C^^xj. Sxere dr^e? ddi ^■ ei ii ui 

T . -aie menikm 'DI liie sa>erial f eamres 

: ■ ■ 7 - 7 mefcinss.. I l^en'r-re aH kaxe 

: T : "7 n^irr^'rse il'T "srhi ch tbeT i^ere 

tr^ ine rarenr lumzJ 

enniDn Tsras cajjec 
a ar L O. O. F. 

~ " " ■ - " ■ " ' — ' T ncakinf anj clain 

- . His lod^ Tia5;sed 

^ . - :_n-d deJirered iiself 

- ' ±.er Odd- 

7 — il ntx has c^:»en>ed tc» -s5-eilr«r«!!De hinc 
. - - , ■ zs. -,, — ■'-•^_ <2r-'i — be 

: 7 IS nme, ^di 

. : jTse rh^^ is am. It s ©aihr a sa— Ce 

c.i ii>e smin ihe ]i>3»«s are zisiiig- 1: de- 
rf^-f tb'Bse "«-hc* liscteiL '^'^^•en I "a-a? 
~g^ njear SmnnTrnd-e I amendeQ nne 
._:.-:^_s cd Twr» -Chnseiaiis -who passed 
from -Ms life xerr ssiddeiih-- Tbei^ -aa^ 
bccie in iheir deaihs for i^ter had r^ken 
lie Cbiisdan rrjad d-riii^ xheir 'jjvt^.. 

The. MeEUoniic cc^Z-e^e at Shi~n:«n wrar 
icsrmd bb l»e in a 'rBSt'eroms c.C'tidiDii'n 
ThrDTigh De«- anran^emenns., the STDder: 
BBQT has l«een nnnch inrreased. Thrte 
nn«e igii]<fmp are in pr^Dgress bi ererncr:. 
ihere i5"ene hiighi hcC'es tc-r Bh»e ■rc'ening' 
TeniiD.. Ii was nrr pirdje^ bb st»eak bb 
sBnne Three cri ionr hizD'dred cd the jBtmig 

LDnt«e their h/trj. The sjCendid State Ct-n- 
"entDL-n iieild zw<y Tears asTB at tnis B-'lare 

^_jinna. -«rneie rt-e. trccrant ti-r tne 

cTBirded "srhh -wn-t amd 'jc-c ^ire 
heahh. Maj Gc'd h'efs the X. C A 
its Twrcirk and i5-L~k-ers... 


Varied axd 

trtr. J -tBi-r 


Lixe ttJimB 

are reasL-naB-hr -an ' i~^g tB hear the rmth 

eTr:>r.. ■C>ih»ers are -mreasBnaBiie. ■D-rer- 
rearing. ahosioi: ani'd -w ^T ng t^B -dC' anj- 

sioDc a minister Breathed a SBnd-stimng 
sem)it?n and .teinLg led bx ih^e Hcvd SririL 
h-e TinC'Brered the idc*aatTL?ns "STBrshrB' Bt 
serrer siBrieties. aijd irarDed the <Zhris- 
tians, an-d esredalhr the nrfrdsrers. td 
fe=rer their CBUDemScm -srhii st^th '>rhrist- 
ie5s«. osTh i>BTii>d or|ranizat5ans^ P«efB!re 
the d»cee of the serrite his irc'di'er-in- 
l^-w. whB 'aras a state £rand r^E-rer Bt 
-DfiDe }:'C|?e. jefi the rh~rth an-d Trhen the 

stmrafe ■onrEsiice n^e ocor 

Lnc arter 

^^ >. 

in? ahnfed -Ij his reLathres "sras taild n? 
" j uB'ian l^jCTi^s elseTJrhere. and all this 
afiea- 11 c-'rlBri at ri^t. 



September, 1914, 

I am sure that it will be a surprise to 
our many friends to know that I am 
contemplating locating again, after an 
absence of twelve years, in the fast grow- 
ing and busy southern, metropolis, New 
Orleans. The field is large here and two 
hundred earnest missionaries could easily 
find their hands full doing house-to-house 
missionary work in this lodge-ridden, sin- 
cursed modern Sodom. There are but 
few out and out antilodge preachers and 
churches here. Rev, Ambrose Hubbs 
speaks out in thundering tones against 
lodges, rum and many other vices and 
his church is sorely afflicted. He does 
not allow any lodge sermons or gather- 
ings in his church. Rev. S. E. Piercy 
also reproves the unfruitful works of 
darkness and Rev. Jackson Cox, a lodge- 
man, admits their tendency to evil and 
in other respects he faithfully condemns 
sin. Rev. E. D, Simms also stands on 
high gospel ground. From all I can 
learn, the other shepherds are like dumb 
dogs which can not bark and seem to be 
more interested in their personal com- 
fort than in the spiritual lives of the 
flocks entrusted to them. 

Some of the pastors here are having 
ministerial preaching contests; that is, 
two preachers are arrayed against each 
other and judges are appointed who 
award a prize to the one who is declared 
to be the best preacher. Is not the moral 
effect about the same as to bet on a horse 
race or to award the winning preacher 
a prize? How can the followers of such 
frivolous leaders be expected to take a 
stand on high moral ground? 

I was cordially received and made wel- 
come by the brethren in this city. I 
preached at the Amozion church, of 
which Rev. S. E. Piercy is pastor; and 
at St. Marks Fourth Baptist church, of 
which Rev. J- A. Cox is the pastor; at 
Plymouth Rock church, Rev. A. A. Car- 
ter, pastor ; and at New Hope church 
TGretna). Just across the Mississippi 
River I attended a session of the 
Women's Department of the First Dis- 
trict Baptist Association and was warmly 
received and given half an hour to speak 
of our work. 

At White Castle, La., I preached at 
St. Paul's church. Rev. A. D. Davis is 
their pastor and he is a very devoted 
and faithful young shepherd. He highly 
commended all that I said. I attended 

a meeting of the school trustees and de- 
livered an address, and I also preached 
a sermon in the Progressive Baptist 

At Dorseyville, La., Pastor L. C. 
Washington received me cordially. I 
attended their Sabbath school and deliv- 
ered them an address and preached there 
also. This grand old church, St. John, 
stood out openly against all oath bound 
lodges and prohibited church fellowship 
to lodge men from 1870 to 1898, under 
the pastorate of the late Bazile Dorsey, 
but since his death. Pastor Washington 
and a large number of the members have 
bowed at the idolatrous altars of Baal. 

A Bayou Goula I received a hearty 
welcome from Pastor Davis and 
preached to his large congregation. 

At Plaquemine, I attended the Six- 
teenth Annual Session of the Baptist 
State Convention, but my reception was 
very cold indeed. President Darrington, 
who is an ardent secretist, seemed very 
much inclined to ignore me. I did not 
get an opportunity to speak, but Rev. A. 
Hubbs delivered a fifty-minute address 
in which he uncovered the sin and hy- 
pocrisy of the lodge. 

At Alexandria, La., I was welcomed 
with open arms and preached for Rev. 
J. S. Smith at Truevine church. T did 
some good house-to-house missionary 
work in this city. The Antisaloon League 
is busy trying to rid the city of the rum 
evil. The lodges are not as flourishing 
here as thev have been. 

At Crowley, La., I attended the Gen- 
eral Baptist State Convention and met 
many delegates from all over the state 
and secured a number of Cynosure read- 
ers. I also made a short address here. 
Rev. L. C. Simon, of Opelousas. struck 
the lodge a hard blow in an address 
which he made before the convention 
and he urged his brethren to get back to 
the old landmark and raise a higher 
gospel standard for the masses. 

I am undergoing some bitter and try- 
ing experiences just now and need your 
earnest prayers. 


Argenta, Ark., August, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

We have been holding Bible readings 
in West Rock for twelve days and nights. 
We had no place to hold the meetings 

September, 1914. 



but one of the Methodist stewards told 
us we might hold them in their church. 
After the lesson was over the first night, 
a Methodist preacher, and an Odd-Fel- 
low, said to us : "I want every one of 
you to get out of this church. If you 
don't I will send the whole thing to per- 
dition." The good steward who had 
given us permission to hold the meeting 
told us to go on with the service, and so 
my husband said to the angry preacher: 
"We are going to preach the Gospel 'for 
it is the power of God unto salvation to 
every one that believeth.' (Rom. i:i6.) 
My brother, we love you and have not 
come out here to fight anything but sin. 
We are soldiers of Jesus." The preacher 
calmed down and went out and stood be- 
side the door and some of the uncon- 
verted went to him and said, ''We don't 
know what to think of you for disturb- 
ing a meeting as you did. Everything 
she said was from the Bible. Are you a 
minister of the Gospel and fighting oth- 
ers for teaching just what you are 
preaching?" They made him ashamed 
of himself. We went on with the meet- 
ing and when we were through a man 
said: "You come to-m.orrow night and 
teach and preach in my yard." He was 
a Methodist and a K. of P. So we held 
the service ten nights more out under the 
open canopy of heaven. Oh, how we 
did thank God that He let His servant 
have such a beautiful place to tell the 
sweet story of Jesus. The people came 
by hundreds and brought their tablets 
and took down all of the lessons we 
taught. The women and men up in the 
mountain went from door to door hold- 
ing Bible readings and prayer. These 
were more noble than some in other 
places "in that they received the Word in 
all readiness of mind and searched the 
Scriptures daily, whether those things 
were so." (Acts 17:11.) 

In making house-to-house visits I 
went to the home of the preacher who 
had interrupted the 'meeting the first 
night, and reasoned with him out of the 
Scripture. He said he was sorry for 
what he had done and invited us to stay 
in his house. He has a sweet Christian 
wife and we talked and prayed together 
and Jesus made the trouble all right. At 
these meetings many sinners turned to 

the Lord and many backsliders were re- 

The Methodist preacher said to me: 
"Sister Roberson, I am an Odd-Fellow. 
I found out that it was wrong and 
dropped out of the lodge but I am afraid 
to say to my congregation that lodges are 
wrong for they would not support me if 
I speak against the lodge." I said. Who 
sent you to preach? "Jesus," he repHed. 
I said, Well, Jesus said, "Teach all na- 
tions," "teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded 
you : and lo, I am with you always, even 
unto the end of the world." (Matt. 28: 
19-20). He said, "Sister Roberson, I am 
afraid for you and you had better be 
afraid for yourself. When you were at 
Little ]\I^umelle a few weeks ago and 
lectured against lodges and the unions, 
there were some white men who were 
very angry." I said, What did they say? 
He replied, "One was deeply cut iDy 
what you said and very angry, but there 
were others w^ho said, 'The lodges and 
unions are doing just what the woman 
said they w^ere doing and she has no 
right to dodge the truth just because we 
white folks were out to their meeting. 
W^e for our part like a straight gospel 
sermon. It takes that to save the peo- 
ple.' " This quieted the angry white men. 
I said, Well, thank God ! ^My brother 
continued, "Sister Roberson, 'it is dan- 
gerous to fight lodges. Somebody will 
kill you yet." I replied. If they do, God 
w^ill send five more in m,y place. He said, 
"You talk as though you do not mind 
dying." No, I replied, I count my life as 
nothing. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all 
things but loss for the excellency of the 
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for 
whom I have suffered the loss of all 
things, and do count' them but dung, that 
I may win Christ." (Phil. 3:8). As for 
the white man getting angry, none of 
these things move me. (Acts 20:24). 
Glory to God, I see Jesus only. (Heb. 
12:2). The preacher said, "Sister Rober- 
son, pray for me. I am a coward and 
can not govern my temper nor control 
my appetite." I said, Y^es, I will. I re- 
member that when I met sister Moore, I 
had been using snuff for twenty-one 
years and I could not control my temper, 
but when I got a glimpse of my Savior 
I gladly gave up all for Him and now all 



Septeml)er, 1914. 

is under the blood. I am not afraid now 
of white or black for the Gospel is for 
all nations. (Acts 17:26-27). 

W'dl, we talked together and the Spirit 
used me to win my brother. He invited 
us to assist him in his revival services 
and treated us with a beautiful Christian 
spirit after that. I told him to wait for 
the power (Acts i :8), and then he would 
not be afraid to be a witness for the 
Lord to all the people in that place. He 
said, "God's Word is right and it is I 
that have been wrong." 

I thank God for the victory. This is a 
time of sowing ; we will reap if we faint 
not. Yours for Him who said, "I am the 
door." Lizzie Roberson. 


The headquarters of this lodge insur- 
ance company is Springfield, Illinois. 
The tenth meeting of the Supreme Court 
was held last June in St. Louis, Missouri. 
In answer to an inquiry as to what kind 
of a lodge it is, we wish to say that it is 
only another of the many assessment in- 
surance lodges. Our ritual of the "Mod- 
ern Woodmen of America" is a good il- 
lustration of the class to which the Court 
of Honor belongs. An editorial from its 
organ, The Court of Honor, has the fol- 
lowing : "In selecting its Supreme Chap- 
lain, the Supreme Court neither waited 
for nominations nor indulged in the 
formality of an election. It simply 'ap- 
propriated' the incumbent, the Rev. J. 
H. Hatfield, of Columbus, Ohio, to 
whose eloquent prayers and forceful 
supplications we all attribute the Divine 
favor which the Court of Honor so 
abundantly enjoys." 


Dr. J. Edward Buckley, who pro- 
claimed himself "president of the Ma- 
sonic Republic of North Africa," ar- 
rived in Chicago yesterday. He will 
visit Masonic lodges in the city and in- 
form them of his creation of a nation 
in the name of Masonry. 

The republic is located on the north- 
west coast of Africa, bounded by Mo- 
rocco on the northwest and by Egypt 
on the south. Its area is more than 1,800 
square miles. At present it is occupied 
by native tribes. 

Decides to Claim Possession. 

Dr. Bucklev, whose home was in Ta • 

coma, Wash., looked the place over and 
claimed possession. He has served no- 
tice on several governments that the 
place will be colonized by members of 
the Masonic order. 

"The republic will be maintained by 
members of the Masonic fraternity as 
an impetus to the development of its 
'Blue lodge,' " said Dr. Buckley. "It 
will be open for any comer, irrespective 
of race, religion, or creed, but its of- 
ficials will be Masons." 

One purpose of his trip through the 
United States is to arrange for coloniza- 
tion. After consular agents have been 
appointed. Dr. Buckley will attempt to 
obtain official recognition. 

Tribes to Have Representation. 

The parliament of the republic will 
consist of representatives of the Arabic, 
Moorish, and other races and tribes, 
while the senate will be composed of 

Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles 
has been tendered the portfolio of army 
and navy, and Dr. E. L. Strum of Lan- 
dau, Germany, has been appointed as- 
sistant secretary of state, the secretary 
of state to be a British Mason. 

The council of the western division is 
composed of Vice-President Thomas R. 
Marshall, United States Senator George 
C. Perkins, United States Senator 
Aloses E. Clapp, and Dr. Charles David- 
son, Chicago, all thirty-third degree Ma- 

Republic Has a Flag. 

The flag of the republic is small and 
has an orange background containing a 
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Berea College, which is really a social 
settlement rather than a college, opened 
its fall term September i6, with a proces- 
sion of eight hundred students from the 
mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, the 
Virginias and North Carolina. A large 
number of students are away during the 
fall term teaching public schools in their 
home valleys. 

During the past summer some exten- 
sion work has been done in all the moun- 
tain states, a few lectures and books 
often furnishing seed thoughts of prog- 
ress for a whole county. Mrs. Frost, with 
her son, has traveled nearly i,ooo miles 
on horseback, visiting former Berea stu- 
dents at their homes, and finding them in 
nearly every instance not only good citi- 
zens themselves but efficient ''promoters" 
of good things in their home communi- 

President Frost estimates that there 
are 3,000,000 of these Southern High- 
landers who must have special educa- 
tional aid. He made the same estimate 
years ago, but while whole counties 
have been put in touch with progress, the 
natural increase of population (these are 
the most prolific Protestant people in 
America) has kept the number of those 
in real need at the same high figure. In 
fact Dr. Campbell, of the Sage Founda- 
tion, puts the number at much more than 

Berea is this year strengthening its 
work by the appointment of Alfred E. 
Gladding, Ph. D., as Director of Carpen- 
try and Woodwork (this is the region of 
perpetual forests), ?,nd Mr. James W. 
Whitehouse, B. S., as an additional in- 
structor in Mountain Agriculture, with 
special reference to stock-raising, this 

being a "crop" that can walk to market ! 

By the purchase of several stores and 
dwellings which are converted to school 
uses, and the erection of additional bar- 
racks, the departments of the school are 
for the first time quite fully "segregated" 
so that the College, Normal School, Vo- 
cational or Industrial Schools, Academy 
and Foundation School have each its 
own campus. This will make each type 
of education more distinct, and secure 
close supervision and intimate touch be- 
tween teacher and pupil, while retaining 
the great economies as well as the enthu- 
siasm of a large institution. The greatest 
need is in this line of shelter, especially 
dormitories for young women. 

Dean Marsh is sitting in his office 
"telling fortunes" for an army of stal- 
wart mountain boys and rosy-cheeked 
girls who need to earn a large part of 
their expenses. 

Prof. Henry M. Penniman has been 
detailed to find friends and supporters 
for this work, and President and Mrs. 
Frost will soon start out in difit'erent di- 
rections to "pass the hat." "If we can 
take care of these young Lincolns now," 
says Dr. Frost, "they will take the moun- 
tain problem off our- hands in the next 


Why Is the Free Methodist Church Op- 
posed to Secret Societies? 


[An address delivered by Rev. Mr. Ar- 
nold, Field Secretary Children's Home As- 
sociation of Woodstock, 111., at our National 
Convention held in The Moody Church, 
May 21st, 1914.] 

The experiences and observations of 
the ministers and lavmen, who were in- 



October, 1914. 

strumental in the formation of the 
church, with members of the secret so- 
cieties which were even then fifty-five 
years ago dominating, to a large ex- 
tent, the government and poHcies of the 
churches to which they belonged, was 
one of the reasons for our position on 
this great evil. 

In the Genesee Conference of the 
^lethodist Episcopal Church, to which 
most of these ministers belonged, the in- 
fluence of Freemasons and Odd-Fellows 
was well nigh a controlling factor. 

An example of this is given by Bishop 
B. T. Roberts in his book "Why Another 
Sect?" On page 53 we read, "When a 
certain prominent minister endeavored to 
dissuade Thomas Carleton from running 
for Book Agent, Carleton replied ; "I can 
command sufficient secret society influ- 
ence in the General Conference to secure 
my election." The event showed that he 
had not misjudged. He was elected, re- 
elected and became a wealthy man. Those 
opposed to this union of the church and 
the world went out to promote, as best 
they could, the life and power of Chris- 

The secret society influence in the 
church before mentioned determined, to a 
great extent, the appointment of preach- 
ers to their circuits. Those who had been 
sufficiently courageous to speak against 
the secret society influence in the Con- 
ference, were sent to starvation circuits. 
To illustrate. Rev. William Kendall, a 
man fully capable of filling any appoint- 
mnt in the Conference, was sent to West 
Falls, N. Y., a point eighteen miles south 
of Buffalo. The Elder had said that this 
point w^as so run down, that he doubted 
if there was a man in the Conference 
small enough for the appointment. After 
Kendall had been appointed to this 
charge, the Elder came to him and said, 
'Tf you please the people pretty well they 
may board you and your wife around 
from house to house, but they will not be 
able to support you if you keep house.*' 
Kendall went to his appointment full of 
faith and courage. He found things even 
worse than had been described. There 
were only a handful who even had the 
outward form of religion, and none who 
had any spiritual power. He prayed al- 
most night and day and began work in 
earnest and a great revival broke out. 

Prior to his coming there were only 
three families in a stretch of eight miles 
who had family prayer. After the re- 
vival, there were only three families in 
the same territory who did not have fam- 
ily prayers. It was such a man that 
lodge influence would starve out of the 

With such experiences as the forego- 
ing examples illustrate, it is not surpris- 
ing that when the Free Methodist 
Church was organized, they inserted a 
strong chapter against Secret Societies. 
But it was not altogether these personal 
experiences and observations which 
caused the church to take its stand firmly 
and radically against its members belong- 
ing to secret societies. The very princi- 
ple of secrecy is repugnant to the true 
followers of the Nazarene, who said 'Tn 
secret I have said nothing. I wish also 
to refer briefly to the manner of 
presenting the oath to the candidate 
who is being initiated. After having 
been led around the lodge several times, 
he is presented at the altar to receive the 
oath. The Master of the lodge assures 
him that there is nothing in the oath that 
will conflict with his duty to his God, his 
country, his neighbor, his family, or him- 
self. This is a falsehood as it conflicts 
with his duty in all five of these specifica- 
tions ; to his God because if he is in the 
presence of a Jew, or a Mohammedan 
offering prayer he must omit the name 
of His Son Jesus Christ ; to his country, 
for the oath itself is extrajudicial, the 
candidate consenting that he may be put 
to death by the members of the lodge if 
he should violate his oath — the power to 
inflict the death penalty for any cause, 
inheres in the state only ; to his neighbor 
for his oath compels him to favor an- 
other in preference to him provided his 
neighbor does not belong to the lodge 
and the other man does ; to his family, 
because his oath forbids him to reveal 
the secrets of the lodge even to his wife, 
much more to his children, which, in the 
God ordained relation of marriage 
should not be permissible, and moreover 
he must spend much time in attending 
the lodge which otherwise could be spent 
with and for his family; to himself, be- 
cause a man's sense of possessing a free 
and noble manhood must receive a great 
shock, when he comes to the realization 

October, 1914. 



of the fact that after having taken that 
blood curdling, manhood destroying oath, 
he is no longer his own man, free to fol- 
low his own conscience and ''seek first 
the kingdom of heaven and its righteous- 
ness" but he must give his first allegiance 
to and his best service for those who 
with him, have sworn away their man- 
hood. These reasons, if there were no 
others, justify the Church in her posi- 

The Church needs no supplements, 
moral or benevolent. To question this is 
to question the wisdom of its divine au- 

The church that admits secretists, con- 
sents to the admission of men rendered 
weak by their attempting to worship two 

The Church, in the Scriptural idea, 
stands for salvation by faith as illus- 
trated by Abel's offering. Secretism 
stands for justification by works as illus- 
trated by Cain's offering. 

The Free Methodist church follows 
the one great object of getting men to 
accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and 
Lord, which assures them of an eternal 
life with God in heaven. Secretism, re- 
jecting Christ, loses to its adherents the 
best of this life and everything desirable 
in the life to come. 


Explanation of the usual tendency of 
insurance orders to fail, leaving thou- 
sands of disappointed members unin- 
sured, has been thought desirable ; al- 
though, without explanation, the fact 
that more than three-quarters of them 
are no longer in the insurance market 
should itself be a loud warning not to 
risk money in anything so speculative. 
Since detailed explication might crowd 
the limits of an essay, this short article 
must select only the main reason why 
fraternal insurance orders usually fail 
and can hardly do otherwise. Instead of 
being peculiar to any type of insurance, 
that main reason, on the contrary, is 
identical with that which accounts for 
business failures of all kinds which re- 
sult when income falls short of outgo or 
resources no longer equal obligations. 
Hence, what remains to be explained is 
the special fact that such deficiency is 
so inherent in this particular kind of 

business as to render its self-destruction 
inevitable. Becoming evident from the 
first in premium rates scaled too low, the 
fault is really due to an attempt to sell 
insurance cheaper than it can be af- 
forded, although attractively represented 
as "insurance at cost." 

Now the real cost of insurance, so far 
as it falls within the present discussion, 
does not lie in mere expense of promot- 
ing and managing the business but con- 
sists, rather, of outgo caused by death ; 
and so the word cost as used here will 
mean that cost which results from set- 
tlement of death claims. 

Of course so long as a member of a 
fraternal insurance society continues to 
live, his membership certificate — which 
we shall oall a policy just as we call his 
aggregate annual assessment a premium 
— continues to be a promise, but his 
death at once converts it into a claim. 
Settling that claim costs the society, 
which may be called a company, what- 
ever amount was written into the policy 
when it was at first issued to him. 
Therefore we must find in the sum of 
occurring death claims, or in the vary- 
ing frequency of their occurrence, the 
true measure of actual cost of insurance. 
Cost Inseparable from Progress in Age. 

As soon as we find this measure of 
cost we shall notice that its variations 
are inseparable from progress in age ; 
for as members grow" older they die 
faster, and when very old they die very 
fast. Their frequent deaths rapidly ac- 
cumulate death claims which augment 
annual cost. Upon this annual increase 
light is thrown by the American Experi- 
ence Table of Mortality which shows, 
for example, that on an average among 
every thousand persons (included with- 
in a hundred thousand) under obser\'a- 
tion as insured, there are at 'the age of 
25 eight deaths within the year ; while at 
the age of 65 those who have now be- 
come forty years older die at the aver- 
age rate of 40 per thousand, or five 
times as rapidly. We must not, how- 
ever, hasten to infer that an increase of 
thirty-two deaths for the year at the 
end of forty years indicates a uniform 
addition of eight deaths in every ten- 
year period, for age holds one relation 
to number of years but a far different 
one to number of deaths — senilitv and 



October, 1914. 

frailty not being subject to the same 
arithmetical computation as dates and 
periods of time. This is readily seen 
when we find the increase in the first 
decade of the forty years already named 
to be not over one death per thousand 
per year, but that in the last decade it is 
at least twenty-one. 

On the other hand, the rate of pre- 
mium is not supposed to change at all. 
Yet more death claims are sure to be 
presented. Nothing need be more ob- 
vious, therefore, than the certainty that 
a premium fitted to barely providing "in- 
surance at cost" when the death rate is 
eight per thousand cannot provide the 
cost of insurance after the death rate 
rises to ten or even nine per thousand. 
Assuming the rate to have begun to rise 
and to have reached an average of ten, 
we at once discover that here are two 
more claims than the premium can meet. 
If we also suppose claims to average 
$2,000, we now have only to multiply 
the $4,coo deficit in each thousand by 
the number of thousands who have 
joined the fraternity, in order to under- 
stand the reason why any insurance or- 
der must fail if its insurance at cost 
means only insurance at the date of 
joining, instead of insurance based on 
the cost of a whole lifetime until the 
date of dying. 

The New Blood Myth. 

Simple as the case may already begin 
to seem, we are nevertheless confronted 
just here by the New Blood myth de- 
manding an answer to this question : 
Will not the constant infusion of new 
blood as young members continue to join 
keep the average age virtually where it 
was at the beginning? It never did. 
Fraternal insurance has no special means 
of securing this ardently desired benefit, 
which through its struggling history it 
has never been able to attain. In actual 
experience no large body of men, in- 
sured or uninsured, retains its youthful 
average. Much larger classes, for in- 
stance, are now graduated from colleges, 
nevertheless, the whole body of alumni 
a?mually older pull up the age line with 

Special Selection Unavailing. 

Yet it may still be asked whether a 
company cannot specially select a 
younger class of new members whose 

ages will mostly run lower than the orig- 
inal average and so, for that special 
reason, be able to resist the effect of the 
increasing age of older members. That 
would make little difference even if 
rapid increase of death rate has not yet 
begun. For example, take a newly or- 
ganized society with a membership 
averaging the age of 25. Allow the spe- 
cially selected accession to average as 
low as 20 by means of including many 
younger than that age. Surely this 
would be an extremely youthful addition 
of new blood, yet the death rate of 20 
is so nearly identical with that of 25 
that next to nothing is gained by so 
strenuous an effort after ,all, the differ- 
ence being only one in four thousand. 
All we have gained by the attempt is to 
lay fresh emphasis on the lesson that an 
average death rate is something not 
easily held down. 

The teaching is no less emphatic when 
we turn to trace in the opposite direction 
that longer path in which accelerating 
death rate outstrips the more uniform 
advance of age. We shall delay no more 
than to glance in passing at a few mile- 
stones of age or mortality, but these 
will serve. At age 25, where we will 
again begin, the death rate is virtually 8 ; 
10 at 40 ; then it reaches 14 at 50 ; 18 at 
55 ; 25 at 60 ; 40 at 65 ; 61 at 70 ; 94 at 
75; 144 at 80; and 235 at 85. This is 
suggestive addition, yet perhaps multi- 
plication reveals even more impressively 
the emptiness of that "new blood" notion 
of oifsetting, balancing or cancelling the 
effect of age upon average death rate, 
and so, upon necessary cost of insurance. 
Starting once more at age 25 with its 
annual death rate of 8 per thousand, 
we find a rate one quarter higher 
at 41, one half hig^her at 47, double at 
53, treble at 59, while at 65 the efifect of 
1,000 members on the average death rate 
of the whole fraternity balances that of 
5,000 new initiates averaging the age of 
twenty-five. At age ^6 about one fourth 
may be expected to survive, when each 
thousand balances the influence on gen- 
eral average of age exerted by between 
12,000 and 13,000 members 25 years old. 
About one tenth should reach the age of 
83, where 1,000 effectually ofifset no less 
than 32,000 aged twenty-five. These 
ages are samples and indexes amid the 

October, 1914. 



many intermediate and adjacent; hence 
they indicate the effect on the cost be- 
cause of the annually advancing age of 
the solid mass of membership. Clearly 
what has not been actual will not be pos- 
sible. So often does what is called in- 
surance at cost turn out to be all cost and 
no insurance, that what passes for an 
act of prudence is demonstrably one of 
rash imprudence. 

If most people would trust God with 
tomorrow they might tranquillize their 
souls and rest today. 


It has been stated that the object of 
the Order of Larks is the preservation 
of bird life. Is it a secret society — a 
rival of the Owls, or are they compli- 
ments, one being of the day and one of 
the night? Has it a ritual, burial serv- 
ice and chaplain? Who can enlighten 
us? It seems that a Mr. Woollen at a 
business meeting of the Larks said: 
"The life to come would be sad indeed 
unless the song of birds could be heard." 
Alas ! alas ! 


BY ^ 




Another, Yet the Same. 

The applause which followed showed 
plainly that the audience was largely in 
sympathy with the speaker. 

Mr. Martin added: 'Tn this connec- 
tion I can say truly, no Mason keeps his 
oath inviolate in every particular. Ma- 
sons generally, the strictest of them, 
break their oaths by initiating contrary to 
established custom those not free-born ; 
by giving the degree to Masons without 
due examination ; by wronging others 
at least to the value of one cent ; by 
speaking evil of their brethren ; by fail- 
ing to keep all their personal secrets, and 
to go on all their errands even if they 
should have to go barefoot and bare- 
headed, and especially by failing to aid 
all poor, indigent Master Masons, their 
wives and orphans, as far as it is in their 
power. If they can do these things con- 
trary to their oaths, why do they censure 
me for telling a few silly secrets?" 

Soon many of the order began to leave 
the hall. The lecturer remarked that 
their hasty departure confirmed his state- 
ment about perjuring themselves by sit- 
ting in his lodge, and that he would have 
to excuse them. He added also, quickly, 
that he was aware of his little intentional 
mistake in the ceremony, but that their 
laugh showed that they also had noticed 
it. and therefore the rest must be correct, 

for they were far from laughing at any- 
thing else. The Masons made their es- 
cape, or some remaining did not again 
"beard the lion in his den." 

On Tuesday evehing the second de- 
gree was worked in the presence of won- 
dering spectators. The Entered Appren- 
tice Mason was "passed to the Fellow 
Craft's Degree." 

But the working of the third degree 
on Wednesday evening capped the cli- 
max. The air in the grove was pleasant 
and still. The speaker was in his best 
mood. The audience was immense. 
Thousands listened with eager ears, and 
watched with wondering eyes, as the 
"Fellow Craft was raised to the sublime 
degree of Master Mason." The silence 
was intense when Martin pronounced, 
clause by clause, masonic fashion, the 
words of the oath which were repeated 
without being understood by the candi- 
date : 

"I, Rev. Dick Turpin," said the lec- 
turer, acting as Worshipful Master. 
, "I, Rev. Dick Turpin," said the young 
man acting as the ministerial candidate 
for Masonry, or 'seeking for the new- 
birth,' as Mackey says. 

"Of my own free will and accord," 
said the Worshipful Master pro tem. 

"Of m'own free will and a cord," said 
the candidate, thinking of the cord 
around his neck. 



October, 1914. 

'Tn the presence of Almighty God," 
said the ]Master. 

"Presence — 'mighty God," repeated 
the candidate. 

"And this worshipful lodge of Master 
Masons" — 

"And this worshipful lodge of Master 

"Erected to God" — 

"Wrecked to God," 

"And dedicated to the Holy Order of 
St. John," — 

"And dead and catered too. Holy Or- 
der sent John." 

"Do hereby," was the next clause. 

"Do here buy," was the idea of the an- 

"And hereon" — 

"And hear on." 

"Most solemnly and sincerely." 

"Almost solemnly and sincerely." 

"Promise and swear" — 

"From us and swear." 

"In addition to — 

"In edition two." 

"My former obligations." ' •' 

"My former obligations." 

Thus they continued, clause by clause, 
in a manner consistent with the above 
beginning, which is as well as is general- 
ly done in the lodge, until the long oath 
was finished ; and when this was done, 
more than one, horrified at the oath and 
more horrified at the penalty, which 
breathes a spirit of barbarism, cried out 

Then, as the traditional account of the 
death, burials and resurrection of Hiram 
Abiff, the widow's son, represented by 
the candidate, was worked out or played 
on the stage in a manner which the lodge 
might emulate, the eager audience looked 
and listened with mingled feelings. 
When they saw the ridiculousness of it. 
some laughed; when they saw its silli- 
ness, some blushed for their masonic 
friends and kindred ; when they saw its 
profanity some were shocked ; and when 
they saw the end of it, all were glad. 

Hiram Abifif was killed in pretense ; 
but Masonry in Brandon was killed in 
reality. It could not stand the shock of 
being turned and seen inside out. True, 
the tail might wriggle for a time, but the 
serpent had been stunned past recovery. 
Its back had been broken, and its head 
had been bruised. 

There were a few in Brandon who, 
when they saw how bad a thing Masonry 
was, were more ready to enter it, but the 
moral and respectable now would never 
join it^ although a few faintly professed 
not to believe the exposition. 

That night about twelve a boat was 
heard to whistle. It was the first one that 
had passed going down since Martin had 
arrived in the village, and another might 
not pass for several days ; and so that he 
could preach in his own church the next 
Sabbath he took passage on that boat 
and left immediately for home. 

He reached Mikronville about noon on 
Saturday and was fortunate enough to 
meet a near neighbor of his own, with a 
buggy, who invited him to ride home 
with him. He reached his home a little- 
after dark. After taking a cup of tea he 
hastened to his study to prepare for the 
next day. About eleven o'clock he heard 
quite a noise in his barn, where he kept a 
fine young horse. Thinking "Jachin" 
might be loose or down in his stall he 
hurriedly ran to the colt, but found him 
safely tied. He thought of his unfinished 
sermon lying on his study table, and 
must hurry back to it, but just as he 
came through the stable door he was vio- 
lently seized by two powerful men and 
immediately gagged. Soon others were 
there. The night was too dark to see 
their number, but judging by the sound 
of their feet there were several persons 
in the company. 

Mr. Martin's home was near a small 
village which was built near a large area 
of woods, in the edge of which was his 
barn. After he had been gagged and his 
arms pinioned he w^as placed on a rail 
and carried into the woods to the edge of 
a large deep pond called Lake Pierce. 

On their arrival he was thrown on the 
ground and trampled in the mud, with 
their boot heels cutting in many places 
his flesh. After which the lacerated 
places were covered with turpentine. His 
pain of body was intense. His agony of 
mind was greater. Who were his antag- 
onists? At first he thought they were 
robbers. But this idea was soon dis- 
pelled. He thought of his exposition of 
Masonry at Brandon, and of the experi- 
ence of other seceders, and of his narrow 
escape on the boat, and the thought 
struck him that he was in the hands of 

October, 1914. 



infuriated Masons. But it was among 
strangers that he had been poisoned. 
Surely, his own neighbors, whom he had 
known for years, would not injure him. 
Then, how did they know that he had 
given an exposition? None knew he was 
to do so before he went away. The Ma- 
sons in Brandon did not know his ad- 
dress before his arrival. He had left on 
the first boat that had passed down since 
he came up the river. No mail had ar- 
rived at his little country village from 
Brandon since he had begun his lectures. 
But surely his antagonists were Masons. 
Then he wondered what they would do 
with him. They allowed him to lie quiet 
in the mud a few minutes, perhaps with 
the intention that he should suffer the 
agony of suspense. What would come 
next? He expected death before they left 
him. He had broken the obligation whose 
penalty was, in their language, *'to have 
his body severed in two in the midst and 
divided to the north and south, his 
bowels burnt to ashes in the center, and 
the ashes scattered before the four winds 
of heaven." 

But would Masons enforce this pen- 
alty? He knew in times past it had been 
enforced. He had reliable, historical evi- 
dence of not less than seven individuals, 
including Morgan, being murdered un- 
der masonic law, and had accounts of 
numerous unsuccessful attempts of the 
lodge to take life. He knew the common 
saying, "The good men in the lodge 
would not allow it to do wrong," is un- 
true. The bad are in the majority. The 
best are not present when evil deeds are 
planned. The good are often deceived 
with lodge sophistry. He had heard it 
claimed by Masons, that when one en- 
tered the lodge he gave his life to its 
keeping ; and when he broke its oaths 
he forfeited his life ; and then his life 
could not be unjustly taken from him, 
for he had given it up as a forfeiture. He 
had also heard it claimed in the lodge 
that civil government was only a human 
compact ; that any number of men in any 
place could unite and agree to be gov- 
erned by common laws ; that any society 
thus organized had all the rights of civil 
government ; and so that their society or 
their "imperium in imperio" could ad- 
minister the oath, frame laws and punish 
the violators even with death. These 

things explained to him how some re- 
spectable men could believe that the 
lodge had the power to execute the death 
penalty on "perjured villains." 

He had been shocked with this doc- 
trine when he first heard it, and now he 
was being shocked by it in a more seri- 
ous manner. He thought of these things 
in less time than it takes to read them. 
Not a word had yet been spoken by his 
assailants. They had silently followed a 
silent leader and carried him to the pond 
and trampled him in the mud without 
speaking. A muffied voice said derisive- 
ly, "We are perjured, too, are we?" 

Mr. Martin thought he had heard that 
voice before. He could not recognize it 
as any of his neighbors. Evidently the 
speaker iijeferred to the lecture. This 
made him wonder the more. Again the 
same voice said tauntingly : 

"We will laugh at your intentional 

"Aha ! ha, ha !" the followers venture 
to say in disguised voices. 

Then they were quiet a moment, when 
he had time to think surely some one 
had come from Brandon and reported 
him, and perhaps was there acting as 
leader and spokesman. The trip across 
the country was very much shorter than 
around by the river, and could be made 
by one on horseback in a day or a little 

"Let us initiate him," said the leader. 

They opened a large bag, put him in it. 
tied it up with a long rope, to one end 
of which they continued to hold, and im- 
mersed him two or three times in the 
pond. After he had been taken out and 
revived by a stimulant, which they forced 
down his throat, and which he feared 
was poison, the same voice, yet unrecog- 
nized, said slowly and solemnly, "Mr. 
Martin, you deserve to die. You have 
forfeited your life. We hate to kill you 
as is our duty and right, so have con- 
cluded to let this suffice as a punishment, 
if you will now raise your hand and 
willingly swear, without any conditions 
of consistency, never to disclose any of 
the secrets of Masonry, including this 
necessary work of to-night." 

The ^ag had been removed before the 
immersion so Mr. Martin could now 
speak. If these assailants knew anything 
of the attack on Dr. Groves, of Brandon, 



October, 1914. 

they had learned one thing — to make sure 
their victim could not escape. 

*T have committed no crime, broken 
no law of the land, and why should I 
suffer this?" asked Martin. 

"Not a word of that, ''sir," sternly an- 
swered the spokesman with an ill at- 
tempt to disguise his voice. ''You know 
what laws you have broken. You have 
committed the crime of treason against 
your lawful government and deserve a 
traitor's death. But we will not argue. 
Will you swear, or die?" 

No answer. 

"Then," added the spokesman, "we 
ask you, not as we might, never to op- 
pose Masonry, but only to swear never 
to disclose its secrets. This you can do 
and ought to do, and save your life and 
reheve us of a painful duty." 

No answer. The large bag was again 
opened, and Mr. Martin forced into it. 
At his feet were placed several stones, 
and in his pocket was placed a rubber to- 
bacco pouch which contained this note : 

If my body is ever found, as I hope it 
never will be, this is to inform my 
friends and warn all Masons, that I die 
of remorse for breaking my solemn 
oaths. May God have mercy on the soul 
of a perjured villain. 

Thomas R. Martin. 

Parsonage, Oct. 6th, i8 — . 

The bag was tied from the inside by 
one slipping his hand through a small 
opening near the top so that it would 
seem as though Martin had tied it him- 

The hole in the bag was then sewed 
up. All was ready. 

"Now," said the spokesman of the 
party, "you must either swear or be cast 
into the lake. Will you swear? Answer 
in three minutes." 

"Ah!" thought Mr. Martin, "I could 
die if it were not for my wife and child. 
Who would care for them?" And as he 
thought of his loving wife whom he loved 
as his own flesh, and of his darling little 
Dora, only six years of age ; as he 
thought of their grief and suffering 
should he die ; as he thought of his youth 
and strength and bright prospects and 
the good he might do should he live ; as 
he thought of the beauty of nature, the 
blue heavens, the green earth, the beau- 
tiful river down which he had been sail- 

ing; as the vision of all these things 
came before his mind, his desire of life 
was increased. "Ah !" thought he, "life is 

Then he remembered that he could 
lecture against the lodge and oppose it in 
every way, excepting by revealing its se- 
crets. He could gain nothing by dying. 
He could do much good by living. Thus 
he was being tempted to swear. 

All had been as silent as the grave. 
Perhaps the party were silently praying 
for him to become willing to swear and 
for their relief from the necessity of 
blood, while he was silently praying to 
know his duty. 

The cold, hard voice said, "One min- 
ute !" 

That sound seemed to start another 
train of thought in Martin's mind. He 
was not afraid to die. "To die is gain." 
Nothing could as quickly overthrow Ma- 
sonry as public expositions. Masons 
hate above all else for others to know 
what the lodge is and does. It seemed 
as though his Master had permitted him 
to fall into the sin of membership so 
that he might be raised up for this pur- 
pose. If he must die, his blood would cry 
out from the ground. His death would 
confirm his exposition and hurt the order 
more than all he could do in life. Provi- 
dence would care for his wife and child. 
He thought of the blessed martyrs and 
of their crowns of glory. Should he re- 
ceive this great honor? He remembered 
his Savior's death and asked himself, 
"Am I willing to die for Him? 'He that 
loseth his life for My sake shall find it.' " 

"Two minutes !" said the leader. "Will 
you swear?" 

"No," was the firm answer. 

"Then die in sixty seconds," said the 
leader, more angry from disappointment. 

Martin began to breathe out his soul in 
prayer. He spoke slowly and plainly. He 
asked for grace and strength to do his 
duty. He prayed for his persecutors, 
that they might relent, or that he might 
be enabled to escape and thus save them 
the guilt of blood. He prayed for their 
forgiveness if he must die by their 
hands. Then he named his wife and 
child. He almost broke down, but was 
enabled to pray for their comfort and 

"Two minutes and a half," rudely 


October, 1914. 



broke in the spokesman of the impatient 
and guilty crowd. 

Then they heard from the lips of their 
intended victim, "Father, forgive them, 
for they know not what they do," *'and 
now into Thy hands I commit" — 

"Here they are ! Fire !" cried a loud 
voice not far away, as the light of a lan- 
tern flashed on them. Immediately sev- 
eral shots were fired in rapid succession. 
The men dropped the bag which they 
had seized, preparatory to throwing it 
into the lake, and ran. The man, for 
there was only one, ran from behind the 
bushes, ripped open the bag and found in 
it, almost dead from pain and fright, his 
sister's husband. 

He had been traveling and stopped 
that evening to stay over Sabbath with 
his sister. They had seen Mr. Martin 
go out hurriedly, and when he did not 
return in half an hour they became very 
uneasy, and lighting his pocket-lantern 
he started out in search of him. Coming 
near the lake, he saw the gleam of a dark 
lantern, and had stealthily approached- 
He came within hearing distance just in 
time to catch the words, "Then die in 
sixty seconds." Seeing no other way of 
rescue for the one who was in the bag, 
and whom evidently they intended to 
drown, he resolved to frighten the assail- 
ants, if possible, with the suggestion of 
their pursuit bv a number. So he called 
out commandingly, "Fire !" and dis- 
charged his own revolver toward them. 

Mr. Martin was helped to walk home, 
but fainted just as he reached his door. 
A physician was called, who dressed his 
wounds and quieted his nerves with 
drugs. In a few weeks he had almost en- 
tirely recovered from his injuries. The 
next morning after he was first able to 
take a short walk down the street, he re- 
ceived by mail the following note, writ- 
ten in red ink : 

You are wel' enuff to go. We giv' you 
10 dazes to leave. Now git. 

Peaceable Citizens. 

He did not leave. He used every pre- 
caution for safety he could secure, and 
continued to live there with his f]:iends 
and congregation. He had peace and 
comfort, with the exception of slight an- 
noyances from false reports in regard to 
his character and conduct, which were 
continually being manufactured by mem- 

bers of the lodge and spread abroad by 
its scavengers. 

When the account of the assault on 
Mr. Martin became public the Masons 
did not seem to be much concerned, but 
coolly said that it was all a lie ; that he 
had been drunk on the boat and had a 
fight at Mikronville ; that he had written 
that note himself, and that his brother- 
in-law, by his testimony, was only trying 
to cover up a kinsman's disgrace. 

In answer to a note of inquiry, Martin 
received the following reply: 

Brandon, Nov. 23, 18 — 

Rev. T. R. Martin — Dear Bro.: Your note 
received. I am sorry to hear of your mis- 
fortune, but am glad that you are alive and 
are convalescent. 

What shall be done with this cruel tyrant 
which oftten makes almost fiends out of 
respectable men? How long shall this 
government within our government, tri- 
umph over it, trample down its laws, and 
war against every interest except its own? 

In answer to your suspicions, I am afraid 
that they are well founded, for, as I have 
learned. Deacon Moyle was at home Thurs- 
day, the week of your work here, until 
about dark, and then was not seen again 
until the next Monday morning, and no 
one knows or has told where he was, ex- 
cepting that he was away on business. It 
seems hard to believe that he could be led 
or driven to do as it seems he has done. 
So hard is it that when it is proven many 
will refuse to believe that he or Masonry 
will do such things, and then refuse to help 
us in our opposition to the orden Surely 
Satan must control this institution which 
seems to be the same in its workings 
everywhere. Yours, 

Warren Groves. 
(To be continued.) 


A negro order in Georgia borrowed 
the name and insignia of a popular white 
lodge without asking permission. The 
white fraternity promptly went into 
court with a restraining order. The is- 
sue was carried on appeal to the highest 
court of the state, where the attorney for 
the plaintifit's appeared to ask that the in- 
junction be made permanent. He was 
addressing the full bench. 

"Wdiy, if your honors please," he 
stated, excitedly, "these negroes got our 
pass words, our hailing signs, our secret 
work, our badges, our emblems." 

The chief justice leaned forward with 
a smile upon his face. 

"It would appear," he said, "that they 
also got vour goat." — Safurdax Evening 




October, 1914. 



The injustice which is often inflicted 
upon antisecret or non-lodge men in civil 
courts, is usually considered the greatest 
injury suffered by outsiders from lodge 
men. Probably far more numerous are 
the injustices suffered in the business 
world, than in the civil courts. Wrongs 
wrought through secrecy in civil courts 
are far too frequent, but wrongs wrought 
by lodge men in business, are being done 
every day. Neither are wrongs done in 
business always evident but sometimes 
they are perfectly plain. By wrongs done 
in business I do not mean those which 
occur in mercantile life alone, but in 
every way o.f making a livelihood wheth- 
er in shop or factory and on land or sea. 
Lodge men try to control all the various 
means of making a living or of acquiring 

It is a common practice among lodge 
men to turn all business possible 
to the advantage of themselves and of 
their lodge brethren. For, let it be re- 
membered, the lodge, being founded up- 
on the principles of selfishness, culti- 
vates selfishness, and its members will 
always look out for themselves first, re- 
gardless of their brethren. They will 
work for themselves first and their lodge 
brethren afterwards. I have known edi- 
tors of newspapers in the same small 
town to be at swords points with each 
other on account of jealousy over their 
patronage and yet they were both mem- 
bers of the Odd-Fellows. When one be- 
came too sharp and personal in his 
thrusts in his paper, the other charged 
him with violating his lodge obligation. 
Lodge brethren are very much like hus- 
bands and wives who quarrel among 
themselves. They will quarrel with one 
another but w^ill not allow any one else 
to join in. 

Many are the ways in which lodge 
men help one another in business, but 
in whatever way it is accomplished, it is 
always done rather secretly, for they 
plan to do their work, not as if they 
were doing it, but as if somebody else 
were. Mottoes used by secret order men 
of lone: ago said: ''Hurl the javelin, but 
conceal the hand." ''Strike deep, but hide 
the hand that gives the blow " 

One way they help a lodge man is by 
magnifying his ability and character. He 
may or may not have the ability or char- 
acter which he is represented to have ; 
but no matter, their object is to boost the 
brother whether he deserves it or not. 
As an instance, I recently heard a Mason 
declaring that Mr. Blank, a brother Ma- 
son, was the best teacher that they had 
had in their school for years. But all 
the patrons were more dissatisfied with 
him than they had been with any former 
teacher. Often the object of such praise 
h to overcome the opposition, and help 
the lodge brother out. Both patrons and 
teacher asked me to visit the school and 
give it some lectures. My observation 
while there confirmed the repeated re- 
ports that he lacked ability as an in- 
structor and as a disciplinarian, too. But 
this boosting by casual praise occurs 
everywhere. Who has not heard a lodge 
man praising some brother who was not 
at all worthy of it? 

Another way of helping a lodge broth- 
er is to praise the work or goods of the 
man. I have heard of ministers, both 
young and inexperienced, praised far be- 
yond their merits or ability, simply be- 
cause they belonged to a lodge, or were 
going to join one. Those praising them 
were frank enough in one instance to 
state that this was the reason. In some 
cases, lodge men will absolutely refuse 
to recognize the faults or deficiencies of 
their fraternity brothers. When clearly 
shown their faults, vices or serious de- 
fects, they will pretend not to see them, 
or will flatly deny them. 

Occasionally lodge men represent that 
a brother lodge man is needing work or 
trade, whichever it may be. The amusing 
and inconsistent thing about this is, that 
they pretend to be benevolent societies, 
and to help those of their members who 
are needy. If so, why do they not help 
him themselves, instead of appealing to 
public sympathy? Moreover this charity 
is the very thing they pay their dues for. 
and that is why they ask men to join, to 
get help in time of need. Then why do 
they not keep their pledge to their own 
men ? They declare that their oaths are 
sacred and Scriptural. Here is a splen- 
did opportunity to show their faith and 
fidelity by their works. 

Lodge men not only boost a brother 

October, 1914. 



and his business, but they also send cus- 
tomers to him, or refer them to him. 
I have had several such experiences 
when I have gone to a new pastorate. 
For instance, when I went to my last 
pastorate in the M. E. Church, my Pre- 
siding Elder, who was both a Mason and 
an Odd-Eellow, took me around and in- 
troduced me to his lodge brethren who 
were in business. Of course I got ac- 
quainted with them and did some trad- 
ing with them.. But as soon as I got ac- 
quainted with men who were antisecret 
men, or good temperance men, I always 
gave them most of my trade. My Pre- 
siding Elder and his lodge brethren 
wanted to turn my trade to their own ac- 
count. They were also trying to get me 
to join the lodge, and I soon received an 

A number of years ago, a young min- 
ister in Ohio told me how they tried to 
manipulate him. He wanted to buy a 
, horse. Almost every man of whom he 
inquired concerning horses for sale, 
would refer him to one certain man. He 
wondered why it was that in a large 
community of prosperous farmers, only 
one man could be found who had a horse 
to sell. Upon wider inquiry, he found 
that the man referred to so much was a 
lodge man who had a horse that he was 
very anxious to dispose of, and that 
there were others who had horses to 
sell. One of the tricks of lodge mem- 
bers is to keep men running around the 
same ring of lodge members all the time. 
Lodge church members will work the 
same game on a minister, and keep him 
in the bounds of their crowed if they can. 
When I was working in the campaign 
for the prohibition amendment in West 
\'irginia, one business man insisted on 
making out my itinerary several miles 
ahead. He gave me references to men 
to consult about the work, and to stop 
with for entertainment. I found that 
every one of them w^as a lodge man. I 
suspected it when he was directing me, 
for I noticed that he wore the square and 
compass. Lodge men try to keep all 
work that is of any im.portance in their 
own hands. This they do in part by 
keeping the workers in the hands of their 
men. When I was in the campaign in 
Missouri there w^ere three or four min- 
isters in one citv alliance, which nom- 

inated each other, and seconded each 
other's nomination for all the important 
offices and committees connected w^th 
the campaign work. At first they rather 
opposed the temperance work, but when 
they saw it was boimd to go, they 
jumped in and took the w^ork out of the 
hands of the real temperance men, and 
earned their contempt. 

When I went to my first pastorate in 
Michigan, I wanted to buy a horse, as I 
needed one in traveling that circuit. I 
could hear of only two or three for sale. 
The men owning them belonged to dif- 
ferent lodges. The lodge brethren of 
each man worked to try to sell their own 
lodge brother's horse. I remember that 
I said to myself, "If I buy a horse, it 
looks as* if I would have to buy one that 
belongs to the lodge." 

Lodge men not only work for their 
lodge brethren, but they also work 
against the interest of all outsiders. The 
outsider can feel the force of their work- 
ing against himself more than he can 
feel their influence working for their 
lodge brethren. The fact is, any man 
can feel the influence of selfishness when 
it strikes him.self more than he can when 
it strikes anybody else. There are two 
reasons why men work against an out- 
sider: one is for the purpose of helping" 
a brother lodge man, and the other is be- 
cause of their intense hatred of anti- 
secret people. Sometimes their actions 
spring from one sentiment, and some- 
times from the other. 

Lodge men usually act from selfish 
motives in helping their lodge brethren. 
If you leave out of consideration the 
mere gratification of personal malice, it 
really does a lodge man no good to work 
against a nonlodge man, unless it ad- 
vances his own or the selfish interest of 
his brother in the lodge. But the first 
consideration of ever>' lodge man is to 
secure some personal selfish advantage. 

The first instance of this kind that I 
noticed was that of an acquaintance in 
West Virginia. He started in business, 
selling general merchandise and did not 
belong to anv lodge. The merchants of 
the town united and tried to instigate a 
boycott against him. He was a shrewd 
and determined man and had some bills 
printed, stating what had been done and 
why, and appealed to the- people, and 




October. 1914. 

especially to the farmers for their trade 
and for fair play. These bills were dis- 
tributed widely and posted in conspicu- 
ous places. The American people as a 
rule love fair play, and antilodge senti- 
ment happened to be strong in that com- 
munity. The people rallied to him and 
gave him their trade, with the result that 
he soon had to enlarge his store. This 
can not always be done, but can more 
often than might be supposed. 

A merchant told me only to-day that 
some merchants join the lodge, and their 
wives join a club, and that the merchant 
works the lodge, while his wife works 
the club. I am told that sometimes they 
tr}- to find out who are the good paying 
patrons of other merchants, and get 
them into their club or lodge, where they 
talk over what they ought to buy, and 
where they ought to trade. In this w^ay 
both club and lodge become advertising 
mediums for their business members. 
Of course the members of antisecret 
churches are not allowed to join a lodge. 
but they have no particular rule against 
clubs, although the sentiment of nearly 
all antisecret churches is against clubs. 
The family can be worked through the 
club. The lodge is bound to rule some- 

I was lecturing on secrecy in ^lichigan 
several years ago. At one place I re- 
ferred to the fact that lodges try to 
manipulate everything in church and 
school and state. A young man who had 
formerlv been friendly became very 
much oflFended at my lecture. I inquired 
the reason of those who told me of it 
and they said that he and his lodge had 
been trving to oust a teacher at that 
place that this voung man might get 
the position. Hi> actions had proved 
exactlv what I had said. 

In my native county in West Virginia 
two years ago, the principal of ever}' 
important school that I was acquainted 
with was a !Mason, except in one in- 
stance, and he was an Odd-Fellow. That 
was not all. for every district superin- 
tendent in the whole county was a Ma- 
son, so far as I could learn, and I was 
personallv acquainted with several of 
them. Why was it? These officers were 
appointive officers. The president of the 
Board of Education and all of its mem- 
bers were Masons. The county superin- 

tendent, who was elected, was not a 
]\Iason, but was a nominal member of a 
small lodge, and the ]vIasons worked him. 
In the Fall of 1912 they elected an anti- 
lodge man as a member of the board. 
These two elections show that when the 
people have their way, ]\Iasons do not 
get all of the plums. These elections 
were revolts against political corruption 
and tyranny. This shows two things. 
namely, that most political corruption 
and tyranny lies within the limits of 
lodgery ; and also that v.-hen open, frank, 
fair, liberty-loving people get together, 
they are more than a match for political 
rings and lodge cliques. 

At one small town in ^Michigan, I was 
told that the lodge men of the place were 
trying to turn all the medical practice of 
that community toward a young lodge 
man who had but little experience, and 
away from an older and more experi- 
enced man who did not belong to any 
secret order. 

A minister and his wife told me that 
their son was an experienced blacksmith, 
having worked at it most of his life. He 
did not belong to any lodge and neither 
did they. Part of the time he had no 
shop of his own, which made it necessarv 
to work in some other man's shop, if he 
worked at all. Several times he got a 
position in shops run by lodge men, onh' 
to lose it soon. He and his employer 
would work amicably together, and both 
would be pleased. Soon there would 
come along a stranger, who was also a 
blacksmith, but whose skill and faithful- 
ness were as yet untried. He would 
want a position, and would appeal to the 
employer through his lodge .for a place. 
Then the employer would say to the first 
man. ''Xow I have nothing at all against 
vou. and no objection at all to your work, 
but, you see, this man is a brother in mv 
lodge, and I am under obligation to help 
him. and srive him a place." So the man 
who was known, tried and true, was re- 
placed by a total stranger about whom 
nothing much was known except that 
he was a blacksmith and a brother lodge 

A man was movinsf awav and had a 
sale. The auctioneer belonged, to two or 
three lodo-es. as also did most of the by- 
standers, but there were quite a number, 
including myself, who did not. The 

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— ^r me cards 'c^l letters o:n- 

_ w.>rk:. s^jcnetinies asking- me 

:: ^7 - tm a date for a lecture. ^Ly 

maii s-:me:!mes was needlessly delayed. 

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-r.rtMre. In o^ther ins rarr^ "^^. the rrT':?fT 
"rss returned to- the send-er. marked- 
'"Xo such Post ^~y&LC^ in the State." and 
in stiri C'ther instances, the m aT'T was 
lo-st. and neirer heard from. My anti- 
secret friends often blamed me for eot 
wrhriiTg. mrtil they leamei that it was 
not my fatik. I carried tracts to f^^ 
tribute, and books to sell. "in. my sttu>S- 
and seireral times my bag^ge was neel- 
!essly delayed and once or twice I had 
to tele^raDh for it. These delavs ■>:- 
cnrred generally where I h2l m^ile a 
"stir" on the Ic^i^ (Question. 

A well-known antisecret rr,?-^ in \l}.i- 
sotrri tO'Id me s«:me of his ezq:-eriences. 
He had ptirchasei an evaporator and had 
^^:iL both his freight station and his 
post oSce address. After waiting a lon^ 
time for the evapc^rator he wrote zo? the 
o3irpany from which he pnrchasol i. 
and got nO' infc'^rmaticn except that it 
had been sent as per his order. Li-nger 
waiting and more letters broa^ht neithe- 

evapo ratc-r njr rep^Iy. He nn;^ ,' 

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er ~r,25 sent aiter tne shirme: 

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then learned that the evaporator had not 


:een sent as per his order at aH. bnt was 
marked to the next station by the com- 
pany itself- This apparently pnrposefnl 
delay cansed needless worn.- and ex- 
pense. But are not lo-ige men sworn to- 
do these very thin,^ to antflc-fge men. 
to oppose their interests and derange- 
their business? 

A mierchant in Michigan told me rhar 

the t~i"^e[:n^ men whot belonged to the 

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passwords. He knew them, btrt replied 

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October, 1914. 

that he did order would not come. At 
length it seemed almost impossible to get 
an order filled at all. His own customers 
would be delayed and disappointed. So 
he said that he finally just quit business 

No doubt many have already read of 
the famous "Fort Ann Trial," in 'The 
Key to Masonry," by Rev. John Leving- 
ton. The whole of it need not be trans- 
scribed here, but only that which re- 
lates to the influence of lodgery on busi- 
ness. It is a good sample of lodge 
method and spirit : ''Calvin Cook was a 
miller and a seceding Mason. Harvey 
Cook was an adhering Mason of high 
order, and had an interest in that part 
of the mill where the plaster was ground, 
but not in the grain department. Harvey 
Cook, agreeably to Masonic obligations, 
used his most decided endeavors to bring 
his offending cousin 'to the strictest and 
most condign punishment.' To that end 
he repeatedly broke the machinery of 
poor Calvin's mill, and was more than 
once caught in the act. Yet he persisted, 
and even told Calvin that if he did not 
secede back from the antimasons he 
should not wonder if his house would 
not burn down over his head." Other 
malicious instances of interfering with 
other people's interests in business af- 
fairs are found in Mrs. Sarah Powell 
Giddings' Life. But the above instances 
are sufficient to show that lodges do 
manipulate business so as to favor their 
lodge or its friends, and also to show- 
some methods that are used to do so. 
Fairmont. Indiana. 


A young man living in Iowa sends a 
contribution to our Association and 
writes: "I am a standpatter when it 
comes to antisecretism. It docs me good 
when I have an opportunity to defend 
our cause. So many young men, espe- 
cially, think they must join a secret so- 
ciety to be popular and, as they say, 'get 
a pull.' But how foolish ! I am a young 
man and have been in business for ten 
years and I have found straight, honest 
business principles, and treating every- 
body right to the best of one's ability, is 
the greatest 'pull' a person can have." 

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As a man "thinketh in his heart, so 
is he." I believe that every man, after 
being convinced that secret orders are 
sinful, should have the courage to testify 
according to his convictions. As a young 
man, a strong desire gripped me to be- 
come a Mason, but many 3^ears passed 
before the opportunity came. I joined 
the Masons more for mercenary motives 
than for anything else, having been er- 
roneously informed that it would greatly 
aid me in my business affairs. Even to 
this day I feel that I was tricked in pay- 
ing the price I did for secrets that I 
could have bought from the National 
Christian Association for seventy-five 

In taking the first degree I found it 
so contrary to what I had expected that 
I confess I was not attracted to the or- 
der and so remarked to one of the mem- 
bers. "Oh," said he, "wait until you 
take the next degree and you will then 
begin to see the light breaking in." All 
the light I got proved to be gross dark- 
ness, but being a man of determination 
and bent on seeing and knowing it all I 
continued in it. It all seemed so foolish 
to me and I could only defend it on the 
ground that it was the next thing to real 

My wife, whom I knew to be a real 
Christian, often said to me that Masonry 
could not be good as long as it hid from 
the eyes of the world. She was right 
and it set me to thinking and especially 
so when she asked such questions as, 
"Do they ever mention Christ or the 
blood, or salvation. His power to save 
our souls and heal our bodies?" etc. Up 
to this time I was not a saved man, but 
nearly eleven years ago there came a 
time when I yielded to the promptings 
of the Holy Spirit and went down on 
my knees and told the dear Lord I was 
tired of sin and with His help I would 
live a different life. I kept my decision 
from my wife that night as I did not as 
yet have the victory I sought, but the 
next night after I had revealed to her 
my intentions, she fell on her knees and 

October, 1914. 



prayed with me, after which I was able 
to tell her that there was now no con- 
demnation, and that I was a free man. 
She was a happy woman, thinking it 
would free me sooner or later from 
Freemasonry. I soon began to accom- 
pany her to Faith Tabernacle, here in 
Philadelphia, where the full Gospel is 
preached and where they have no use for 
anything except Christ, our Lord and 
Savior. I began to dig down in my 
Bible and it soon became very plain to 
me that I ought to repent of ever being 
a Mason, which I gladly did. I asked 
the Lord to forgive me for those horrible 
and unchristian oaths I had taken while 
intoxicated, which was the condition of 
about half of the initiates. 

To the best of my recollection, I never 
heard the name of Jesus Christ men- 
tioned in the lodge unless it was in the 
w^ay of profanity. The chaplain of our 
lodge was looked upon as a dear good 
man, an evangelist who long ago went 
to his reward. I say, peace to his soul, 
for I believe there are many in heaven 
to-day who yielded their wills to God 
under his influence as an evangelist. But 
aside from this, I now see as never be- 
fore that he had to leave the Son, our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the door 
down stairs while he went up stairs to 
the lodge to call upon the name of the 
Father. Now my Bible says that only 
the Son reveals the Father to whom He 
will, so it would seem the Father could 
not be found up stairs or any place else 
unless the Son went along. 

What seemed the most sacriligious 
performance to me was when the so- 
called "Worshipful" Master, in the ab- 
sence of the Chaplain, would mumble 
out something he called a prayer, leav- 
ing out the name of Jesus. Although not 
a Christian, I did not think that looked 
right. I ami writing this, trusting that 
some poor, misguided soul, such as I 
was, may benefit by my experience in the 
masonic order. 

Oh, how I pity the preachers as I see 
so many of them tied up in the masonic 
and other lodges. May God open their 
blind eyes to see that instead of getting 
light, they are only groping in the dark, 
just as I was. I regret exceedingly the 
valuable hours I lost in such tomfoolery 
when I could so much better have im- 

proved my time reading the last will and 
testament of my heavenly Father in 
which he tells me how much of His 
heavenly estate I could inherit by obedi- 
ence to Him. 

It is now almost thirty years since my 
feet have crossed the threshold of a ma- 
sonic lodge, as I had not attended one 
for many years before my conversion. I 
hold no malice against any individual 
Mason, but I am the enemy of the lodge 
and will do all in my power to help any 
of those whom I know to be in dark- 
ness. I do not and will not answer any 
sign or summons whatever handed, sent 
or thrown to me, and I refuse to discuss 
the subject unless to condemn it. 
^ Since Christ has set us free, what 
more do we want, if He is our all and 
in all? If we follow His teachings and 
keep His commandments, we shall sure- 
ly have our part in the first resurrec- 
tion, over which the second death hath 
no power. 

May God bless the Cynosure, its 
work and workers, and our dear brother, 
W. B. Stoddard, whose lectures in Faith 
Tabernacle have been so helpful to me. 
Again I say, God bless you all. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 


On April 14th, 1869, I knelt at the 
altar of a lodge of Masons, with my left 
hand under the Bible and my right cov- 
ering it, blindfolded, clothed in a slit 
garment, and swore "T will not be at the 
initating, passing and raising of a candi- 
date in a clandestine lodge, or an old 
man in his dotage, a young man in his 
nonage, an atheist, irreligious, libertine, 
idiot, madman, hermaphrodite nor wom- 
an." This plainly divided the human 
race into two classes, the strong and ab^e 
bodied men and the weak in mind or 

On many other occasions I have, v/ith 
uplifted hand, solemnly sworn: 'T will 
support the Constitution of the U^nited 
States and that of the State of Iowa and 
that I will faithfully and impartially dis^ 
charge the duties of my office." If I vio- 
lated any provisions of this oath I would 
be guiltv of perjurv and if I should dis- 
criminate against the weaker ones in fa- 
vor of the stronger I would be a bar-- 
barian as well as a traitor. 



October, 1914. 

As to the nature of a religious or so- 
cial obligation, the United States Con- 
stitution says, "Congress shall make no 
laws respecting an establishment of re- 
ligion or prohibiting the free exercise 
thereof, or abridging the freedom of 
speech or the press,'' etc. (Article I). 

I was also sworn to "always hail, ever 
conceal and never reveal any part or 
parts, art or arts, point or points of the 
secret arts and mysteries of ancient 
Freemasonry; binding myself under no 
less a penalty of having my throat cut 
across, my tongue torn out by the roots 
and my body buried in the rough sands 
of the sea at low water mark where the 
tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four 
hours," etc. I could not carry out this 
penalty for myself and for any other to 
do it would be murder. Such teaching 
is treasonable. The Constitution of the 
United States prohibits the infliction of 
such penalties as this oath requires. "Ex- 
cessive bail shall not be required nor ex- 
cessive fines imposed, nor cruel and un- 
usual punishments inflicted." (Article 
VJII, U. S. Constitution). When we 
consider that hundreds of millions of 
dollars are invested in "tem.ples" in 
which are taught murder and treason, 
and that this property is exempt from 
taxation while widows and orphans and 
the poor are burdened with heavy taxa- 
tion, it is not to be wondered at that we 
have national deficits in revenue and in- 
creasing crime. 

Rolfe, Iowa. 


One of our most faithful and efficient 
workers in the field of volunteers is in 
Kentucky, and he wrote us last month as 
follows : "I thought I would send you a 
few words to assure you that we have 
not compromised on any line of the bat- 
tle against sin. We have been having 
some great street meetings. There were 
from six to seven hundred present. The 
lodge question has been strongly agitated 
and quite a number have given up their 

''We placed a long bench in the mid- 
dle of the street and used the same for 
an altar, and there were some twenty to 
thirty made profession of faith in Christ. 
The town has been stirred from center 
to circumference. It was the greatest 

interest ever known here in street meet- 
ings. To God be the praise! 

'Tt is wonderful how the dear Lord 
has kept me through all trials and perse- 
cutions and caused me to come out more 
than conqueror. I find it best to count 
upon God in every opportunity. The 
Noble Grand of the I. O. O. F. here in 
the lodge that I came out of, said to me 
that he was coming out, and he wanted 
me to pray for him. May the dear Lord 
continue to bless you and your work. I 
expect to help in the work financially all 
that I possibly can in the near future." 

A. D. c. 



"A hair of the same dog" to cure hy- 
drophobia, was an early prescription to 
burlesque the Homeopathic principle, 
"Like cures like." At least as long ago 
as "Know Nothing" times, opponents of 
the Roman church appear to have fan- 
cied that in political ailments also, Sim- 
ilia similibus curantur. It is now said that 
the attempt to offset Jesuitism, in its 
Knight of Columbus manifestation, is to 
be renewed by a secret society, avowing 
the purpose to purify politics and place 
in office men who "cannot be bought by 
the pope." Speakers in a meeting to which 
several thousand members of various se- 
cret orders were invited, declared that 
an organization called Sons of Liberty 
having been "crushed by the money of 
the pope" they had therefore determined 
to use the "pope's own method" in form- 
ing another society. Initiates will not 
know who their fellow members are, and 
only initiates will even know the name of 
the society. If it really attempts to offset 
the Knights of Columbus too strictly, 
using similar even though less culpable 
forms of obligation, or if it too com- 
pletely adopts Masonic models, prudence 
may well observe the railroad rule, "Stop, 
look, listen." With all our listening, let 
us also hear the wisdom of Aesop who 
told the story of frightened doves that 
asked the hawk to protect them from the 
rapacious kite, but upon receiving their 
chosen protector into the dovecote suf- 
fered still greater havoc. 

October, 1914. 




A society organ called The Masonic 
Bibliophile says that ''several edicts for- 
bidding the use of cipher rituals have 
failed to stop the sale and use of these 
'naughty little books,' nor will revision 
of the ritual accomplish that purpose." 
Nevertheless, a committee on revision 
has recommended alterations which The 
Bibliophile regards as improvements, al- 
though it still maintains that "the cipher 
ritual is quite another matter." Varia- 
tions of ritual need not be essential alter- 
ations, whether printed in cipher or not. 
For instance, the obligations of the 
seventh degree is identical whether the 
candidate swears to conceal all secrets 
communicated to him by a member of 
that degree, "murder and treason not ex- 
cepted," or to keep all secrets "without 
exception." In one grand lodge juris- 
diction, or at one time, he might, we sup- 
pose, hear a different form from that 
which at another time or under another 
jurisdiction he would hear. Obviously, 
the purport of the obligation here cited 
would remain unchanged. We do not 
dare to hope confidently that the ritual, 
however altered, will be much improved ; 
and we cannot expect that the essential 
nature of obligations will be greatly 
changed. If that could happen, and if it 
actually came to pass. Masonry would 
cease to be Masonry. 

President Blanchard spent some time 
last month visiting dififerent eastern 
states. We know that he gave two ad- 
dresses on secret societies in Springfield, 
Mass., besides preaching there a number 
of times as well as in other cities. He 
also gave an address at our Indiana State 
Convention. - , . . . 

The first step in the wrong direction 
is generally a negative step and consists 
in the neglect of duty. After that all 
actual transgressions may easily come 


The complete standard ritual of the first 
Jhree Masonic degrees, in cypher, printed by a 
Masonic publishing house and used by many Wor- 
ahipful Masters, all over the country, instructing 
candidates. Any one having Freemasonry Illus- 
trated can learn to read the cypher. Pocket alie* 
fnll roan, flap, $2.50. 


A libel suit was recently instituted 
against A. M. and G. E. Morrison of the 
Mankato (Minn.) Morning Journal who 
had published that a fellow journalist 
and a Knight of Columbus had taken a 
treasonable oath. A. M. Morrison 
writes : "The so-called fourth degree ob- 
ligation was submitted, not in the Dis- 
trict Court, but in the Municipal Court. 
We have appealed to the District Court. 
I am enclosing what McGinley submit- 
ted as the only obligation taken. He did 
not produce the original but gave a copy 
of the obligation on a piece of paper no 
larger than the enclosed. It was a K. C. 
program from start to finish." 
^ The obligation as submitted by Mr. 
McGinley follows : 

Obligation of the Fourth Degree. 

'T swear to support the Constitution 
of the United States. 

*T pledge myself, as a Catholic citizen 
and a Knight of Columbus, to enlighten 
myself fully upon my duties as a citizen 
and to conscientiously perform such du- 
ties entirely in the interest of my country 
and regardless of all personal conse- 
quences. I pledge myself to do all in my 
power to preserve the integrity and pur- 
ity of the ballot and to promote obedience 
and respect for law and order._ I prom- 
ise to practice my religion openly and 
consistently, but without ostentation and 
to so conduct myself in public afifairs 
and in the exercise of public virtue as to 
reflect nothing but credit upon our holy 
church, to the end that she may flourish 
and our country prosper to the greater 
honor and glory of God." 


Freemasonry is traditionally bibulous 
and the brethren have ever been prone to 
''go from labor to refreshment." It was 
at Apple Tree Tavern in London that 
the first grand lodge was formed, and 
the names of some subordinate lodges 
existing within the next few years indi- 
cate their location where the distance 
from labor to refreshment was slight. 
Some names of lodges were the follow- 
ing: Goose and Gridiron, Cheshire 
Cheese, Half ]\Ioon, Coffee House, Bull 



October, 1914. 

Head, Ben's Coffee House, Devil, Busy- 
body,, Blue Boar, Old Devil, Goat, Coach 
and Horses, Red Lion, Dick's Coffee 

It is our impression that American 
lodges, in times not much later than 
these, were apt to be in or near country 
or village taverns. One of these was in 
an Eastern state and in a region men- 
tioned by Greene in ''The Broken Seal" ; 
and there the lodge was in what may 
have been an addition built later than 
the tavern, and built for the lodge be- 
cause a tavern was there. If lodge loca- 
tion is somewhat changed and, to some 
extent, custom, the tendency to drink has 
yet by no means ceased, as is strikingly 
shown at triennial Templar conclaves. 
From early times there has been a close 
association between Freemasonry and 
rum such as is suggested by these old 
lodge names borrowed from places of 
meeting. Therefore no man who is be- 
set by a natural or acquired thirst for 
strong drink should venture within ^ 
lodsre. ^, . 


I would also suggest that a wonderful 
service could be rendered to the Masonic 
fraternity along the lines of the Kansas 
City Freemason by publishing the names 
of the members of the Masonic frater- 
nity in the city of Chicago who run their 
saloons open on Sunday, contrary to the 
state law. — The Masonic Sentinel, April 
29, 1914. 


One of the early Masonic songs taken 
from the ''Masonic Companion," page 
178, is in part as follows: 

Joy to my Brother Masons. 
Who are met to remember, 
And think upon 
The great St. John, 
This twenty-seventh December. 
Fill it up ' ■- ■■:'■' ''- • '■ 

To the top: 
Let the sparkling glass go round: 
And to him, 
To the brim: 
Love and liquor do abound. 
* * * * * ^ * 


A religious paper published in New 
York calls Dr. Charles E. Jefferson's 
"Quiet Talks With Earnest People" "A 
book for every layman." Of the author, 
who is also pastor of Broadway Taber- 
nacle it says, "Few writers of our day 
have so much common sense and down- 
right honesty as Dr. Jefferson. In this 
book he says some things that ought to 
have been said throughout the history of 
the church, but few pastors would dare 
to say such things. We give a sample. 
Remember, however, that it is only a 
sample" : 

" 'We shall never get out of the ditch 
until laymen realize that they also are 
successors of the Apostles. They stand 
in the line of a great succession. They 
are called to be kings and priests unto 
God. The trouble now is that laymen in 
large numbers are not in the church. 
Their names are in the church book, but 
they themselves are not in the church. 
Some of them are in their business, and 
others in the lodge, but too few of them 
are in the church. No man is in the 
church whose heart and mind are not in 
it. The church is hungering for the 
thought and affection of her men. * * * 
The great need of the church is not 
money but life.' " 

Paul, who was not a whit behind the 
chief apostles, exhorted certain believers 
to be followers of him as he was of 
Christ; the apostles were an example, 
and those whom they led were to walk as 
they walked. So following and so walk- 
ing, they would go near the door of no 


We have supposed that Evangelist 
Sunday favored secret orders. On ac- 
count of this impression we are the more 
startled when we find him saying: "We 
have had enough of this godless social 
service nonsense. I'll go with you in eu- 
genics, in social service, oyster soup, and 
institutional churches, but when you leave 
Jesus Christ out of it — Good night ! The 
church is the one and only divinely ap- 
pointed institution to feed the spiritual 
hunsrer of this world." 

That is a relief ; yet we still wonder 
whether or not Billy Sundav has clearlv 
discerned the extreme carefulness with 

October, 1914. 



which some secret societies do actually 
"leave Christ out" of what they pre- 
tend to maintain as a social service. Some 
Masons do not seem to notice the studied 
omission nor to know the Masonic rule 
which makes the use of Jesus' name in 
prayer an unlawful act. That explicit de- 
cision by the grand sire of the Sovereign 
Grand Lodge of Odd-Fellows which was 
unwelcome to many members, and which 
was objected to by an unwilling though 
necessarily obedient grand lodge as "put- 
ting a ban on Jesus' name," and which, 
moreover, we have known to cause the 
resignation of an Odd-Fellow chaplain 
who was a Christian, may be unknown to 
this evangelist. Nevertheless, he leaves 
us in no doubt that he is aware that se- 
cret societies cannot "feed the spiritual 
hunger of the world." 


.-V Mason is a man v/ho is under obli- 
gation not to violate the chastity of ver}- 
near relatives of Masons who have taken 
more than two degrees, except when he 
does not happen to know them to be so 
related. A Christian is a man who is 
under avowed obligation not to violate 
the chastity of the same women, whether 
he knows about their relatives or not. 
A Christian differs from a Mason in 
recognizing obligation not to violate the 
chastity of distant relatives of Masons, 
like their aunts, their cousins and their 
grandmothers. A Christian is a man 
who also differs from a Mason by ex- 
pressed obligation not to violate the 
chastity of relatives, whether near or 
distant, of Masons of the first degree. A 
Christian is also different from a Mason 
by being under avowed obligation not to 
violate the chastity of near or distant 
relatives of Masons of the second de- 
gree. And, finally, a Christian differs 
from a Mason in being under admitted 
obligation not to violate the chastity of 
any near or distant relative of a man 
who is not a Mason of any degree. 

"It is no pleasure to me to triumph 
over anv one." 


"What is creating hyphenated Ameri- 
canism?" is the question discussed in the 
Chicago Tribune by a reader whom that 
paper calls an "ardent American though 
born in Europe and of European ances- 
try." The question itself had already 
been propounded by the Tribune in a re- 
cent editorial, and when introducing his 
reader's reply the editor added this sen- 
tence of elaboration : "What is stimula- 
ting, even among the young born in 
America of foreign descent, a tendency 
to draw race distinctions and think of • 
themselves not as Americans but " as 
Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans, Ger- 
man-Americans, etc. ?" 

We cull a few sentences because the 
reply seems to point at certain secret so- 
ceities, like the Knights of Columbus, 
Hibernians, or Sons of Herman for ex- 
ample, though it mentions none by name. 
"The answer lies in the training," says 
this writer ; "not in text book training 
but in cultural training which these 
young men receive from their childhood. 
Every one of the twenty or more nation- 
alities which compose the population of 
Chicago, for instance, has its own na- 
tional societies. * * ^ A list of such for- 
eign societies in Chicago which mold the 
minds of the American born children of 
alien parents, would run into hundreds. 
•K >K * 'pi-ig teachers of many such socie- 
ties are mostly men imbued with a for- 
eign spirit. * * "^ The burden of the 
language study, of the cultural talks, in 
many of these alien clubs is foreign na- 
tionalism. It frequently happens m the 
foreign communities of the country that 
the older men, those who themselves 
emigrated from the old world and still 
have a vivid remembrance of the tyranny 
and oppression to which they were sub- 
jected in their native lands, are better 
Americans than their sons who were 
born in the United States. * * * Their 
sons have fallen under the influence of 
the foreign-American associations." 

If in such a way as this hyphenated- 
Americans can be developed, what mis- 
chief may not be wrought by erroneous 
teaching and evil influence of any order 
which, though not in the same sense for- 
eign, is yet alien to Christian doctrine 
and morals, not to add Christian citizen- 
ship and civilization. 



October, 1914. 


The Nezi' York Herald quotes Col. 
\\'atterson as saying that too many news- 
paper writers mistake criticism for en- 
mity, and regard that alone as friendly 
which is obsequious. This is a true say- 
ing. — .1 [ihvankee Wisconsin. 

The best newspaper, the Wisconsin 
adds, is the one that is fearless and does 
not hesitate to free its mind on current 
topics, always regardful of saying that 
which is helpful to all rather than indulg- 
ing in the practice of hitting enemies or 
pleasing friends. And that, also, is a 
true saying. — New York Herald. 

The Cynosure deals chiefly with one 
topic — not altogether "current," indeed, 
as general news open to criticism, yet 
quite so as matter of frequent report 
and constant practice throughout the 
field of circulation. Here, this journal 
''does not hesitate to free its mind," 
while liere, too, it tries to be ''helpful" 
through offering "criticism" which ought 
not to be accounted "enmity" toward 
men needing help and willing to wel- 
come aid. Nevertheless, it of course in- 
curs return criticism, the risk of which 
it shares with other helpful workers for 
their fellow men ; and peril of being ac- 
counted hostile, which seqms to be rec- 
ognized plainly by that apostle who 
asks, "Have I become your enemy be- 
cause I tell YOU the truth ?" 


The largest Odd-Fellow lodge in the 
world is one of five in Springfield, Hamp- 
den county, Massachusetts, and is named 
Hampden Lodge. The city contains an 
aggregate membership of about 32,000, 
and a committee comprising three dele- 
gates from each of the five lodges has 
examined various sites, and caused ten- 
tative plans to be drawn, for a building 
capable of accommodating all. Yet the 
undertaking has been abandoned on ac- 
count of irresistible opposition. In ex- 
planation of this failure, the following 
statement has been given out. 

"The order is strong financially in the 
city, but a majority of its members are 
conservative and believe it would be ex- 
ceedingly unwise to burden the lodges 
with the expense of an elaborate and or- 
nate building and subsequent necessary 
outlay for the maintenance and upkeep 
of such a building. Several attempts 
have been made in the past to have the 
subordinate lodges co-operate to build an 
Odd-Fellow's temple to be used by all 
the organizations connected with the or- 
der, but it has always been found impos- 
sible to reconcile the conflicting opin- 

Some readers may care less for the 
fact that one of these lodges is larger 
than any other in existence, than for an- 
other fact which may seem to them much 
more important. That one is that Hamp- 
den Lodge is the largest within the juris- 
diction of Massachusetts grand lodge 
which grand lodge sent up, about a quar- 
ter of a century ago, that inquiry whether 
the name of Jesus could lawfully be used 
in lodge prayer which brought down up- 
on the practice authoritative condemna- 
tion. This raises the further question 
whether if the five subordinate lodges 
had built a temple it would have been 


The Illinois Presbytery of the Cove- 
nanter church met at Princeton, Indiana, 
last month for a conference on Freema- 
sonry. Rev. D. C. Mathews, of Houston, 
Illinois, and Rev. J. M. Coleman, of 
Bloomington, Indiana, gave addresses on 
"The Religious Character of Freema- 
sonry." "The Way Freemasons Use the 
Bible" was presented by Rev. G. A. Ed- 
gar, of St. Louis, Missouri. "The Names 
and Titles Freemasons Give Their Of- 
ficials" was discussed by Rev. G. H. Fos- 
ter, of Sparta, Illinois. Rev. Ferguson, 
of Oakdale, Illinois, spoke on "The Prop- 
er Attitude of a Christian Towards 

R. A. McCoy writes concerning this 
conference : "There was a fair sized 
audience which included some Masons. 
The speeches were all of a fine order 
and I have been promised some of the 
addresses for the Cynosure. 

October, 1914. 



Mtm of @ur Pori 


Plans for the New Y'ork Convention 
are progressing nicely. A cordial invi- 
tation has been received by our Eastern 
Secretary to hold this gathering in the 
Twenty-third Street Reformed Presby- 
terian Church, in New York City, of 
which Dr. Foster is the pastor. New 
York friends are requested to write our 
Eastern Secretary for further informa- 
tion. He may be addressed at the Cyno- 
sure office. 


Belle Center, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1914. *■ 
At a meeting of our session yesterday 
I presented the matter of extending an 
invitation to the National Christian As- 
sociation to hold the state convention at 
Belle Center next year, and they voted 
unanimously to extend the invitation. 
Our church building is at your disposal 
for the Convention. 

(Rev.) R. p. Cooke. 

Omaha, Neb., Sept. 17, 1914. 

During August and September I have 
been working my way slowly to Omaha, 
visiting Table Rock, Tecumseh, Pawnee 
City, Crete, Lincoln and Omaha, in all 
of which towns tracts were distributed, 
ministers called on, and many personal 
conversations on the lodge question were 
had with individual citizens, but the op- 
portunities for public addresses were 
few except in Lincoln, and I am looking 
forwaid to a goodly number in Omaha, 
where I hope to spend the rest of this 
month (September) and where I will 
probably close my services in connection 
with the good and necessary work of the 
National Christian Association. The ex- 
treme heat of the latter part of July and 
of August made it necessary for me to 
take a short rest so that my work was 
not pushed as vigorously in the places 
mentioned as it was in Rulo, Verdon, 
Humboldt, and the places visited earlier. 

In Lincoln I had the privilege of 
speaking a dozen times in the following 
churches — Gospel Tabernacle, Rev. 
John L. Marshall. Jr., pastor; Free 

Methodist (without a pastor j ; Brethren 
(Dunkardj (new pastor expected 
soon) ; Newman Methodist (colored) 
Rev. Mr. Talbot, pastor; Nazarene, Rev. 
Mr. Huff, pastor, and City Mission, Bro. 
Simmons, superintendent. 

In all of these churches the attend- 
ance was good except in the Dunkard, 
and the interest was splendid in all. Rev. 
John L. Marshall Jr. was especially help- 
ful in the cordiality with which he re- 
ceived us, and in his readiness to co- 
operate in all possible ways. He is pas- 
tor of an independent church which be- 
lieves in "going all the way with God" 
without fear or favor from men, and to- 
gether with his people, he does much in 
the way of tract distribution, including 
the N. C. A. tracts, keeps up the good 
practice of street preaching, visits the 
state penitentiary every month as well 
as the various hospitals ; is always on the 
alert to find the sick and the needy , 
never takes a vacation, getting his re- 
cuperation from his work among the 
children instead and with it all gives a 
faithful testimony twice every Sunday, 
declaring the whole counsel of God with 
reference to personal salvation, the im- 
portance of foreign mission work, the 
need of living a holy life, and the immi- 
nence of the Lord's coming as the Chris- 
tian's hope. 

He receives no stated salary and so far 
as we could discover, says nothing about 
his personal needs. We mention these 
facts at some length because this work 
has been going on thus for some years 
and Bro. Marshall has never found it 
necessary to cut out his strictures 
against the saloon evil, the idolatry of 
the Roman church, and the heathenism 
of Masonry, Odd-Fellowship and the 
rest of the secret orders. He stands like 
a tall cedar of Lebanon among the little 
ministerial willows that are ready to 
tremble at every adverse wind that 
blows, more ready to bow to elders, dea- 
cons, councils and public opinion than to 
lift their heads to heaven in allegiance 
to God alone! 

In one of the towns recentlv visited 
every pastor expressed himself as in 
sympathy with me in my attitude toward 
secret orders. Not one of them was a 
lodge man ; one of them was decidedly 
against lodges, and yet three out of the 



October, 1914. 

four candidly admitted that they could 
not give me access to their pulpits for 
fear that it would make trouble, and the 
man "decidedly against them'' was 
one of these. 

As I retire from this difficult work I 
feel especially glad to recall the fact that 
of the many ministers visited only one 
was ready to defend the lodge, who per- 
sisted in it to the end. All the rest of 
them were either ignorant, or indiffer- 
ent, or opposed, and were easily shown 
that it is an antichristian institution ; not 
a few of these have heartily thanked me 
for my visit and have assured me that 
they would certainly study the literature 
left with them, even when they felt too 
timid to let me preach from their pul- 
pits. It was only the other day that a 
pastor suggested, as I was about to go, 
that my "best work would doubtless be 
done in such personal conversations as 
this," and he added, "While I do not feel 
free to discuss the matter in my church, 
I shall never forget what you have just 
told me, and I shall often use it in my 
personal interviews with my people, and 
if what you say is true, the lodge man 
knows it, and if he is honest, he cannot 
fail to see the unchristian character of 
Alasonry and Odd-Fellowship at least," 
and then the thing that encouraged me 
the most was that he reviewed to me 
the things I had just told him and 
showed that he had followed me very 
closely and had very accurately made a 
mental note of the important facts as 
follows : "You state that in Mackey's 
Masonic Ritualist, which is a Masonic 
book, there are more than thirty prayers 
and that the name of Jesus Christ is not 
to be found in one of them ; that there 
are numerous benedictions and the name 
of Christ is in none of them; that there 
are many odes and songs and the name 
of Christ is not in any of them ; and 
that in two different degrees certain pas- 
sages of Scripture are used in which the 
name of Jesus Christ belongs and in 
each instance that name is expunged in 
the lodge ritual, and that the name of 
Jesus mnv not be used in any Masonic 
or Odd-Fellows lodge even by the chap- 
lain in his prayers, if any one objects, 
such as a Jew or a Mohammedan or a 
Unitarian, and that the hig^hest councils 
of the order have decided that it is a 

very necessary rule. Now, have I got 
that right?" 

"Yes," I answered, ''only it is worse 
than that, for on page 272 of Mackey's 
Ritualist, where one of the passages oc- 
curs, from which the name of Jesus 
Christ is stricken, a foot-note is added 
as follows : 

" 'The passages of Scripture here se- 
lected are peculiarly appropriate to this 
degree. ^^ * ^ The passage is taken with 
slight but necessary modifications from 
the second chapter of the first Epistle of 
Peter.' " 

As if it were not enough that the 
name of Jesus Christ should be ex- 
punged, they actually increase the of- 
fense by referring to this change as a 
"slight" one, and call it a "necessary" 
modification ! Well, the Christian min- 
ister or the Christian man who can 
stand for that sort of thing is an anom- 
aly to me. If the exclusion of the name 
of our blessed Lord from the very Scrip- 
tures, where it belongs, is considered a 
slight matter and is deemed a necessary 
modification in the lodge ritual, what 
shall we say of the loyalty to Christ of 
the Presbyterian elders, the Baptist dea- 
cons, the Congregational ministers, and 
the Methodist bishops, who adhere to 
these orders and who give to them their 
moral support? Is it not treason to 

But I fear my letter is getting too 
long. I have greatly enjoyed this fel- 
lowship of service with Brother Phillips, 
Dr. Blanchard and the many good breth- 
ren with whom my lot has been cast dur- 
ing the past four months. I am more 
than ever impressed with the need of 
this work, and I only regret that I have 
not been able to bring to it a better 
equipment for the work needed, and 
have not been able to find as many op- 
portunities for testimony as I would 
have liked. I entered it last June at 
Brother Phillips' suggestion in order to 
"give it a trial,'' and while I shall al- 
ways in the future do more along these 
lines than I have in the past because of 
this experience, I do not feel that I am 
the kind of man best qualified for such 
a service as a life work. 

One of my rules has been never to 
apply for any particular pulpit, and 
never to try to push doors open that 

October, 1914. 



might be for my personal advantage, so 
I will simply state in closing that I am 
open for engagements, either for evan- 
gelistic efiforts, or in pastoral work, or 
for temporary pulpit supplies. I do not 
know just where I will go from here on 
Oct. I, but mail addressed to me at 153 
Institute place, Chicago, 111., will be sure 
to reach me. 

Adam Murrman. 



Praise God from whom all blessings 
flow. I am still in lodge-ridden Louisia- 
na preaching the Gospel and bearing tes- 
timony against the unfruitful works of 
darkness. Since my last letter I have 
spent three weeks in that terribly wicked 
city, New Orleans. I met with four 
ministers' conferences and w^as given an 
opportunity to speak to two of them. I 
also attended the installation services of 
the Louisiana Freemen's Association at 
St. John Baptist church and spoke to 
the brethren, almost all of Avhom are 
lodge members but they treated me very 
courteously. Rev. Joseph Tolbert told 
how I had ordained him to the work of 
the ministry twenty-four years ago. 

I have preached at Good Hope church, 
Algiers, New Hope church, Gretna, 
Oriental Second Baptist, St. Mark's 
Fourth Baptist and the Second African 
Baptist churches in New Orleans, and 
the Second Baptist, Vacherie, La. I at- 
tended the Iberville parish ministers' 
conference at the St. John church, Dor- 
seyville. La., on the night of August 31. 

A council of' ministers met with the 
Good Hope church in Algiers to give ad- 
vice on matters that had greatly dis- 
turbed the peace of the church. Among 
other things, the council advised the 
church to elect an efficient pastor as soon 
as possible. The church accepted the rec- 
ommendations of the council and pro- 
ceeded to elect their officers. All went 
well until they came to the election of a 
pastor. There were four pastoral aspir- 
ants earnestly expecting the mantle to 
fall on one of their number but to their 
surprise I was nominated also and fullj 
two thirds of the members arose and 
cast their vote for me. This action so 
embittered certain members of the coun- 

cil who were themselves aspirants for 
the office, that they could not withhold 
their animosity. One of them cried out, 
"If you 'leek dis man, you'll split de 
church." Another, a very high Free- 
mason, violated all rules of ministerial 
courtesy and parliamentary usages by 
deliberately delivering a speech oppos- 
ing my election at this time.. The chair- 
man of the meeting showed his bias by 
permitting this devotee of the mystic tie 
to deliver an opposing speech when the 
affirmative vote had already been taken. 
This guardian of "Mah-hah-bone" did 
not fail to throw down his dueguard and 
sound the masonic alarm against "a. 
stranger" during his speech. This 
masonic trickery, as might be expected, 
brought on a state of chaos, and I arose 
and humbly but earnestly refused to be 
a candidate under the circumstances. I 
am informed that the young secretist, 
who publicly declared that my election 
would split the church, has-been openly 
canvassing the membership to elect him- 
self as pastor and has made some very 
unpleasant charges against me. I have 
never seen such glaring and open cater- 
ing to the lodge by professed ministers 
of the Gospel as I witnessed here. There 
seems to be no limit to wdiich some lodge 
ministers will not go to accomplish their 

I am making temporary headquarters 
at White Castle, La. Friends may write 
me here. Let us watch and fight and 
pray that God may bless the testimony 
to the truth. 


Argenta, Ark., August 5, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

The Lord is doing a strange work 
among this people. We have held three 
meetings since my last letter. I taught 
Bible lessons three days at Cabula, Ar- 
kansas, and many were convinced that 
the Word of the Lord is right. (Psa. 


One night we had a white minister 
with us. We were glad to have him. 
for he was one of the old citizens of 
that place. He welcomed our meeting 
in the settlement and said many good 
things. After that he displayed his 
Odd-Fellow's pin and said, *T am an 
Odd-Fellow and a Baptist minister. I 



Oclober, 1914. 

know that in 2 Corinthians 6:17 we are 
told to be separate, but we are also told 
to look out for our wives and children, 
and this lodge is based on the Bible." I 
looked at him while he was talking and 
•said. "Lord, save that man." What a 
pity that the Devil has beguiled the 
white preacher just as he has the poor 
colored preacher. When he had fin- 
ished, he went down and took a seat in 
that part which was reserved for white 
people. The minister then arose and 
took for his lesson, "Come out from 
among them" (2 Cor. 6:17 and Rev. 
18:4-24). Oh, how the Spirit was there 
in power to make plain the mystery of 
God's W^ord, and our white brother was 
thoroughly convinced that his order was 
not founded on the Bible. We gave out 
many tracts and many were converted 
and sanctified in that meeting. We have 
heard since we left that there were fifty 
in all who were saved from their sins. 

Our next meeting was held in Scott, 
Arkansas. This is a new field. The 
people there were converted, but they 
knew not how to serve the Lord. A 
white man owns a plantation of twelve 
hundred acres of fine farming land and 
on his place is a settlement with three 
churches. All of the church members 
belong to one or more of five different 
lodges. We tried to secure a church to 
hold our meetings in, but they seemed 
afraid to let us have it for what we say 
about lodges and living a holy life does 
not suit them. One preacher was even 
very much afraid to take a tract against 

One brother here said that he used to 
belong to the Odd-Fellows lodge when 
he Avas a sinner and a gambler. He said 
that when they were initiating him sev- 
eral men got hold of a chain and 
stretched it tight and had him bend over 
the chain on his stomach, and had him 
swinging in that way so that he could 
not get up or help himself. Then they 
took a paddle and asked him how many 
rounds there were in Jacob's ladder. He 
was taught to say three. Then they 
asked him, "What was the first round?" 
He was instructed to say. Faith, where- 
upon a man took the paddle and hit 
him as hard as he could. Then they 
a.«?ked him what the second round was 
and he '^aid. Hope, and they hit him 

another blow. Then they asked him 
what the next round was and he said, 
Charity, and they hit him again and 
tumbled him over onto a canvas and 
threw him up and down. After this 
they had him take the oath. He said he 
did not mind this sort of thing until he 
was converted and then he saw the sin 
in it and came out of the order and had 
never had anything to do with them 
since. J said to him, Why don't you 
confess the sin there is in the lodge. He 
said he would and we gave him time to 
speak to the congregation and he made 
a complete confession. They did not 
say anything about it where we could 
hear, but they tried to take the school 
house away from us, saying that they 
needed it for a meeting the next night. 
The plantation owner's wife told them 
not to disturb our meeting, for it was 
good for all of them. So God blessed 
our meeting and three were saved and 
many eyes were opened to the Scrip- 

It is always a preacher that is at the 
head of the opposition to a free Gospel 
and free speech but God is with us. He 
has opened a door and no man can shut 
it, thank God. The Lord said, ''I know 
thy works : behold I have set before thee 
an open door, and no man can shut it: 
for thou hast a little strength, and hast 
kept my word, and hast not denied my 
name." (Rev. 3:8.) The Lord has 
opened the door to those who are in 
captivity in the lodges. God is calling 
His Church out of Babylon. 

The results from, the meetings were 
good, for men not only gave up the 
lodge evil but all their sins, and especial- 
ly the great sin of drinking. All the 
people on that plantation were whiskey 
and beer drinkers. They got up in the 
meetings and confessed their sins and 
many came to the altar for prayer, that 
they might get strength to give up this 
great evil. The owner of the planta- 
tion said, ''That is the kind of teachmg 
we all need." 

I asked the women if thev had a 
Bible band there. They replied that 
they had not had much of a Bible band 
since thev gave up taking Sister 
Moore's little paper, Hope. I asked 
them whv they gave the paper up and 
thev said that the preacher did not want 

October, 1914. 



them to use it because it made the peo- 
ple get sanctified. I said, It is the will 
of God that they should, (i Thes. 4:3- 
4.) God has called us to holiness (i 
Thes. 4:7), and without holiness no man 
shall see God. (Heb. 12:14.) It is 
written, *'Be ye holy." (i Pet. 1:16.) 
They told me to come back when cot- 
ton picking started and they would sub- 
scribe for Hope and for the Cynosure 
and study the Bible for themselves. I 
thank God that we can report victory 
through the blood. 

We are now holding a meeting in 
West Rock again. Many are being 
saved. I thank God for Bro. Murrman's 
deliverance. The day has come when, if 
the whole Gospel is preached, it will have 
to be under a tent or somewhere out in 
the open, as the Savior had to teach, and 
even then the mob will follow and try 
to break up the meeting. 

Pray much for us. The time 
has come when men will not endure 
sound doctrine. (2 Tim. 4:3.) Fight 
on, Brothers Stoddard, Murrman and 
Davidson. We will reap if we faint not. 
(Gal. 6:9.) 

Yours for Jesus, 

Lizzie Roberson. 




A member of the Friends church said 
to me, "Mother and I were quite taken 
back when our son announced that he 
had joined the Red Men lodge. We had 
always supposed we were raising a white 
man." At Wakarusa, Indiana, I was 
told that some of the children of those 
opposed to secret societies had strayed 
into the Moose and other lodges. At 
New Paris, Indiana, an I. O. O. F. 
lodge, recently instituted, had caught a 
few of those who have been better in- 
structed. These facts should remind our 
friends that we are always in danger of 
neglecting the truth. The reasons for 
our opposition to lodges should be fre- 
quently presented where they are already 
supposed to be known for "an ounce of 
prevention is worth a pound of cure." 

The past month has been very fruit- 
ful in the field assigned to my care. The 
Ohio State Convention proved to be a 
means of inspiration and profit to many. 
We were fortunate in having the sup- 

port of many leaders in the churches 
especially interested. Eld. A. W. Har- 
rold of the Brethren church, Bishop A. 
J. Steiner of the Mennonite church and 
Pastor C. D. Fischer of the Lutheran 
church helped very much in securing the 
attendance of their people. I am sure 
all who made special effort to be present 
were repaid in what they received. Eld. 
A. I. Heestand and Rev. J. M. Johnston 
were the only speakers on the program 
unable to attend. The substitutes in the 
persons of Eld. D. M. Brubaker and 
Rev. R. H. Tracy gave excellent service.. 
We were fortunate in the discovery of 
Pastor W. W. Kennerly of Alliance, 
who spoke in a pleasing strain which 
captivated the audience at once. He had 
been induced to enter an Odd Fellows 
lodge but was not at all pleased with 
their "skeleton show" and other stufif. 
presented (as they said) to teach great 
lessons. He especially objected to their 
antichristian character and teaching. The 
address by Pastor Bachman was a fine 
prelude to that of President Long, who 
spoke in his usual masterly way. Prof. 
J. H. Basinger and his trained voices 
gave us the best in the music line. 

The great hindrance in Ohio as in 
other states is the lack of a leader. There 
are any number of friends glad to fol- 
low and aid in the light giving effort, 
but there must be someone to go ahead 
and make plans if the best work is to 
be done. In the meetings and contribu- 
tions preparatory to the Ohio Conven- 
tion, our work was well sustained. It 
was a special pleasure to visit again at 
the home of our staunch friend, ]^Irs. 
Mary Templeton of Huntsville. She 
was given a well deserved testimony of 
appreciation by hei* neighbors and 
friends on her eightieth birthday. 

Although the money supply was short 
on account of the great losses among the 
hogs by cholera, the N. C. A. received 
the usual support. The Brethren, the 
Brethren in Christ and the Radical 
United Brethren, together with our good 
Mennonite friends around Smithville 
gave hearty support. Meetings in Gey- 
er's Chapel and a prayer meeting at a 
private home contributed to the work. 
Pastor Lembke of the Ohio Synod 
Luthern church of Salem made possible 
the crood meeting- in his church. The 



October, 1914. 

attendance, collection and Cynosure 
subscriptions were excellent. Ask them 
about the lecture ! I was able to look in 
on the Friends' yearly meeting at Da- 
mascus. Ohio, on August 25. Brother 
Pennington called me to the platform 
and commended the N. C. A. work. 
Brother Wm. Kirby announced and rec- 
ommended the coming Convention. I 
trust that Brother Baldwin of Alliance, 
Ohio.- whom I met for the first time here, 
will write his experience with the Odd- 
Fellows for the Cynosure readers. 
There were about seventy-five at the 
Convenanters' prayer meeting and a like 
number at the Mennonite Mission, 
where I spoke while in Youngstown. 
Brother Lantz and his co-workers were 
very kind and helpful, both at the mis- 
sion and in the Convention work. 
Youngstown afl:*ords a wonderful field 
for mission work. There are at least 
twenty-six nationalities within reach of 
the mission. Children whose parents do 
not speak English are brought into the 
Sabbath school. Your agent gave a lit- 
tle talk at the reunion of the Lehman 
family, held near North Lima, Ohio. 
They are a large, enterprising family 
and most all hold antisecret beliefs. 

Since coming to Indiana my efifort has 
been centered in the State Convention 
wliich we will hold, God willing, at Wa- 
karusa, on September 27 and 28. The 
two preliminary services to be held on 
the Sabbath will, of course, be fitted to 
the day. The big day meeting comes on 
Monday. Several meetings contributive 
to the Convention are being held. At 
Maple Grove, near New Paris, Lidiana, 
I held two excellent meetings and re- 
ceived by collection $8.13, and secured 
twenty new subscribers to the Cyno- 
sure. There was an especially large at- 
tendance of the young people at these 
meetings. To-night I am expected to 
speak in what is known as the "Big 
Church," near Arnold's Station. I am 
writing this report at the home of State 
Treasurer and Secretary Brenneman, 
whose zeal for the cause is well known. 
We hope to have Doctors Blanchard and 
Dillon and many other good speakers to 
help at the State Convention. 

I do not forget the many who have 
shown me personal kindness ''for the 
work's sake," though I may not be able 

to acknowledge it to them by personal 
letters. May God bless them all. I have 
vyritten friends in New York City. 
Shall we have a rousing Convention 
there the 26th and 27th of October? Let 
us hope so, for there is much need there. 

Oakland, Calif., Sept. 2d, 1914. 
I have carefully distributed the tracts 
which you have given me in places where 
I thought they would do the most good. 
T think you are doing a great work on 
behalf of your fellow men but your 
books are by no means as well known 
here as they should be and it was by ac- 
cident that I got your address. Secret 
societies should be driven out as Christ 
drove out the money changes from the 

Yours for Christian service, 

Chas. G. Britton. 

Dear Cynosure : 

While on my rounds I came to Heth, 
Arkansas, a small station on the Rock 
Island line running to Memphis. I spoke 
there three nights and on the last night 
I announced that I would speak on 
lodges. The next day I got word that 
I had better mind how I talk about 
lodges. The crowd was srqall so I de- 
ferred my talk on lodges but took oc- 
casion to tell them that I knew they 
would like to do to me as they had done 
to others. I reminded them of what they 
had done to Rev. R. N. Countee, of 
Memphis, Tennessee. 

When I reached Vincent, Arkansas, I 
spoke in a hall and preached at length on 
the lodge subject to a large crowd which 
gave rapt attention. The worshippers of 
the beast's image (Rev. 13:16-17), had 
paraded through the town that day. As 
soon as I left they got angry and turned 
our people out of that hall. 

Last April I was preaching at a house 
meeting in Gum Bottoms, Phillips Coun- 
ty, Arkansas, and the Worshipful Mas- 
ter, a drinking man, incited his followers 
to riotous conduct. They started to break 
up the meeting. One man pretended to 
be drunk. He came forward and ordered 
me to sit down, but my trust was in 
God, so instead of sitting down I just be- 
gan to pray and to rebuke the evil spirit. 
The Lord bound him so that he could 
not come upon me. At the close of the 

October, 1914. 



meeting they stormed the house with 
bottles, tin pans, weights and other mis- 
siles, but the Lord was with us and shield- 
ed us. Not one of us were hurt though 
two of their own people were injured. 
Yours in Christ, 

Eld. G. B. Crockett. 
Brinkley, Arkansas. 

Rev. G. A. Pegram, of Peru, Indiana, 
writes : "I want to say that my offer to 
the higher schools of learning about fur- 
nishing the Cynosure still stands good. I 
wish we could get it into every school in 
the country. I wish too that we could 
start an oratorical contest on secrecy like 
they have on temperance. I would be 
willing to help start a fund to do so. 

"Another thing I want to get up is ^ 
Sunday School club here for the Cyno- 
sure if I can. I have been trying to get 
them to put either Blanchard's ''Modern 
Secret Societies," or "Finney on Ma- 
sonry" in the Conference course." 


Princeton, Indiana, Sept. 7th, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure : 

I have read with much interest Chap- 
ter thirteen of E. B. Graham's most in- 
teresting book, "In the Coils, or The 
Coming Conflict." I was raised at Morn- 
ing Sun, Iowa, the home of Rev. Gra- 
ham. I have also met Mr. Martin (Rev. 
Rathbone), prominent in this chapter, 
and have heard from his lips the story 
of his experience on this boat. I wish 
to say that Brother Rathbone never fully 
recovered from the effects of his poison- 

1 ing- 

Rev. Rathbone had a public debate, 
back in the eighties, in Morning Sun 

, with Rev. Mr. Evans, a Methodist Epis- 

(j I copal preacher and a prominent Freema- 
son. The old guard in Iowa will remem- 
ber those days. Many of the old war- 
riors have passed over to the other side 
but their work in the antisecret cause 
still lives and we can see much fruit. 

1 Paul tells us our labors are not in vain 

in the Lord. We ought to take courage 
and go on. It is not so hard now to bear 

;,i testimony as it was forty years ago when 

men were mobbed for public utterances 
on the lodge question. Brother Blanch- 

ifl ard and any others of the old guard can 

i],^ remember what it meant in those days. 

The antisecret cause is growmg. "By 
whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small." 
(Amos 7:2). "For the weapons of our 
warfare are not carnal, but mighty 
through God to the pulling down of 
strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4). 

R. A. McCoy. 

Secretary's Report. 

The Ohio State Convention of the 
National Christian Association was 
held at Columbiana, on August 31st 
and September ist. In the absence 
of the President, the opening ses- 
sion was called ti order by Rev. W. 
B. Stoddard. Eld. A. W. Harrold gave 
the address of welcome and Eld. Daniel 
Brubaker gave the response. Rev. C. Z. 
Yoder, of Wooster, spoke on "The Bible 
and the Lodge." He said, that in order 
to grow and be strong, in body or spirit 
we have to take nourishing food. The 
lodge is unscriptural, in its oaths, in its 
fellowship with darkness, in its secrecy, 
and because it robs the church of both 
workers and money. Its charities are not 
Gospel charities. It leaves out the Christ, 
the Son of God, and therefore feeding on 
the lodge diet is not conducive to spirit- 
ual growth. The following committees 
were appointed : On nominations. Revs. 
A. R. Lembke, Salem, Allen- Rickert, 
Columbiana and R. H. Tracy, of Hub- 
bard ; on resolutions, Revs. C. D. Fischer, 
Columbiana ; W. W. Kennerly, Alliance 
and David Lehman, of Columbiana ; on 
finance, Revs. C. Z. Yoder, Wooster, A. 
W. Harrold, Columbiana, and W. B. 
Stoddard, of Washington, D. C. : on 
state work, Rev. Jonas Florst, Colum- 
biana, Rev. W. H. Bachman, Youngs- 
town and Bishop A. J. Steiner, of North 

The evening session was opened with 
prayer which was followed by an inspir- 
ing song service. Rev. W. W. Kennerly 
addressed the Convention on "Politics 
and the Lodge," declaring that the Lodge 
interferes with the home and with the 
Church and consequently with the State, 
and that every man that holds to the 
lodge is shackeled, and is not a free man. 
After another selection of music, Rev. 
W. B. Stoddard gave an address on 
"Church or Lodge." He declared that 
the Church is a divine institution while 



October, 1914. 

the best that can be said for the lodge is 
that it is of human origin, that the 
Chnrcii invites inspection while the lodge 
does not ; that the Church appeals to un- 
derstanding while the lodge appeals to 
curiosity ; the Church appeals to the 
spiritual nature and the lodge appeals to 
the carnal nature ; the Church teaches its 
adherents to be humble, but the lodge 
puffs them up; the Church works for the 
salvation of souls but the lodge plays 
with human souls. 

The morning session on September 
first was opened by a song service, con- 
ducted by Prof. J. H. Basinger, following 
which Bishop A. J. Steiner read extracts 
from the Sermon on the Mount and of- 
fered prayer. Letters from the following 
Ohio friends were read: Dr. Plenry J. 
Becker. Dayton. Henry Miller, Brook- 
ville, Eld. I. J. Rosenberger, Covington, 
Aliss Eliza F. Potter, Leonardsburg, 
Rev. Martin L. Wagner, Dayton, Rev. 
R. P. Cook, Belle Center, and J. Swank, 
of Clayton. Letters were also read from 
Pres. John E. Hartzler and T. H. Bren- 
neman, of Goshen, Ind., Rev. E. Y. Wool- 
ley, of Chicago. Ill, and Rev. F. J. Da- 
vidson, of New Orleans, La. Greetings 
were presented from the Ohio Confer- 
ence of Free Methodist Churches, meet- 
ing in Canton. The Treasurer reported 
that he had received a balance from the 
previous Treasurer of $12.50, that col- 
lections had amounted to $43.87 and ex- 
penses to $49.00, leaving a balance in the 
treasury of %y.Z7' 

Report on State Work. 

The Committee on State Work re- 
ported as follows : We find much to en- 
courage us in the present situation in the 
Buckeye state. Our people are not tak- 
ing for granted that things must go on 
as they have but are inquiring, where 
may we improve? The farmer of to-day 
gathers a larger crop than the farmer of 
twenty years ago and with half the ef- 
fort because he has learned how to do it. 
There is a general uprising to put away 
the saloon because it has been found an 
expense with no corresponding benefit. 
As our people become better educated, 
they find more ways to care for them- 
selves and to obtain that which makes 
for their highest good. Christian people 
learn that in Christ and the Church they 

have every good thing and that what the 
lodge proposes to give of good is very 
uncertain while the evil that it does is 
everywhere manifest. The numbers of 
those renouncing the lodge darkness plan 
for the Church light plan, are being con- 
stantly increased. The Eastern Secretary 
reports gratifying success in obtaining 
new readers for the Christian Cyno- 
sure. Many antilodge meetings are 
largely attended and fruitful in result. 
Your Committee would recommend, first, 
that friends over the state be urged to 
greater diligence in proclaiming the anti- 
lodge truth because of the need of many 
who are yet in lodge darkness and error. 
Second, that a committee of three be ap- 
pointed to suggest ways and methods by 
which antisecrecy friends in the state 
may co-operate more closely in their ef- 
forts, and a report of their activities be 
sent to the Cynosure for publication. 
Third, that the state President, together 
with the Eastern Secretary be considered 
a committee to push the work in the state. 
Any funds in the state treasury shall be 
at their disposal in the prosecution of 
such work. Fourth, that an efficient agent 
be employed, if a man acceptable to the 
Board of Directors of the national body 
can be found. The report was accepted 
and adopted. 

New State Officers. 

The following officers were elected for 
the ensuing year : President, Hon. Henry 
R. Smith, Leonardsburg ; Vice President, 
Eld. I. J. Rosenberger, Covington ; Sec- 
retary, Rev. T. C. Sproel, Belle Center 
and Treasurer, Rev. C. Z. Yoder, Woos- 
ter, Ohio. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard then addressed 
the convention, giving a chart talk show- 
ing the inside working of the lodge. As 
the time was late the session adjourned, 
Mr. Stoddard agreeing to continue his 
address at another time. 

The afternoon session was opened 
with prayer by Rev. C. D. Fischer, after 
which Rev. R. H. Tracy gave an inter- 
esting address on ''Education and the 



The committee on resolutions report- 
ed the following which were read and 
adopted : 

Whereas, There are thousands of 

October. 1914. 



secret associations in our land leading 
to acts, unchristian, un-American and 
selfish in their nature, be it Resolved, 
first, That the Ohio Christian Associa- 
tion in convention assembled protests 
against the secret lodges which have 
multiplied in our land, believing them to 
be at war with much that is noblest and 
best. Second, That Christian, frank, 
straightforward expression makes for 
the highest good which the methods of 
secret lodges would naturally destroy. 
Third, when lodges largely absorb the 
time, money and energy of the people, 
the church is sure to be weak, if able to 
exist at all. Fourth, all secret oath- 
bound associations are out of harmony 
with a republican form of government. 
Fifth, secrecy encourages men to com- 
mit crimes in the belief that their lodge 
brethren will protect them from de- 
deserved punishment. Sixth, lodge con- 
nections frequently have a tendency to 
destroy that unity, and purity which is 
essential to happy home life. Seventh, 
the labor unions have proven unsatis- 
factory and pernicious, as they have 
manifested the lodge spirit. We re- 
commend unions if conducted in the 
spirit of Christ. Eighth, we recommend 
that lodges be abandoned rather than 
reformed. The efforts on the part of 
^loose, Elk and other lodges to do away 
with the dissipation that makes them un- 
popular with sensible, sober people will 
never change the nature of their organ- 
ization to that which is Christian. Ninth, 
we oppose membership in lodges because 
no lodge affords any insurance, travel- 
ing protection, or honorable aid of any 
kind, that can not be better obtained in 
an open, straightforward way. Tenth, 
we believe that the work being accom- 
plished by our association was never 
needed more than now, and that we 
would aid the association in the circula- 
tion of the Christian Cynosure, and 
the literature of the National Christian 
Association as we may be able. Ele- 
venth, in order to assist the work of our 
state conventions and make them more 
effective we recommend that congrega- 
tions in sympathy with us send a repre- 
sentative to said state conventions. 
Twelfth, we hereby express our appre- 
ciation to Prof. Basinger and the friends 
in this vicinity for the good song service 

rendered by them during this conven- 

C. D. Fischer, David Lehman, \V. 
W. Kennerly, Committee." 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard concluded his 
interesting chart talk on the lodge. Pres. 
.S. P. Long led the session in the closing 

The final session of the convention 
met at 7 145 p. m., and was opened with 
a song service after which prayer was 
offered by Rev. W. W. Kennerly. Rev. 
W. H. Bachman gave a very practical 
address on "The Lodge and Home 
Life." He said that the father who is 
bound by oath to the lodge not to reveal 
any of its secrets and gives his money to 
the support of the lodge, can not foster 
love, peace and confidence in the home, 
which is what every Christian father 
should aim to do. President S. P. Long 
spoke on ''The Shepherd of the Soul." 
He used the twenty-third psalm as the 
basis of his address. 

The opera house was well filled and 
the people of the community manifested 
an interest in the work. Quite a num- 
ber of lodge members were present. 
D. P. Lantz. Secretarv. 


Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1914. 
I am sure it would afford me great 
pleasure and satisfaction to be present 
at the convention and I sincerely regret 
my inability to be there. The secret so- 
ciety system is, in my opinion, the vilest 
foe with which the church has to deal. 
It hides its unchristian and anti-chris- 
tian doctrines and its abominable ethics 
under the garb of Biblical language and 
can not, therefore, be met as candid er- 
ror can. Like its god, Satan, whom it 
undoubtedly, though perhaps uncon- 
sciously, worships, it poses as an angel 
of light. Its real secret doctrines of re- 
ligion and of conduct are idiographically 
expressed in an attractive and appar- 
ently innocent symbolism which capti- 
vates the unsuspecting. The system, 
therefore, needs unmasking and I be- 
lieve that when once these garbs, under 
which it parades, are removed so that it 
may be seen in its shameless nakedness, 
all self-respecting persons will repudiate 




October, 1914. 

and abominate it. God grant that that 
day may come soon. 

(Rev.) Martin L. Wagner. 

Goshen, Ind., Aug. 24, 1914. 
I am indeed sorry that my duties in 
connection with the college will prohibit 
my being present. However, may I say 
that you have my hearty sympathy and 
support in the cause of antisecrecy. I 
am sure, judging from the program, that 
you will have a great Convention. May 
the good Lord bless you and lead you 
to do much good. 

John E. Hartzler. 

Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1914. 

I have now reached those years of life 
when I feel no longer justified in giving 
extra fatigue to my already ardent toil 
in the Master's service. In looking over 
the program for the Convention I must 
confess to a return of that old-time spirit 
and a desire to again be in the ranks as 
you knew me to have been in the years 
that have passed. 

I have no ill will against any lodge 
member, but I have a feeling of supreme 
sympathy for many who, as it appears 
to me, are either deluded or persistently 
determined to exhibit a sense of bluff 
that is difficult for me to accept. Lodge 
doctrines, ritualism, imprecations, blas- 
phemous vows, initiations. Biblical per- 
versions, pretentious claims to ancient 
origin, mockery of religious services, 
and devotion to spectacular displays and 
pompous pageantry and inflated personal 
egotism are quite as well known out- 
side of the lodge as within. 

Can not something more be done to 
undeceive apparently conscientious 
young men who think it a great honor to 
be identified with the lodges? Have we 
been doing our full duty? Let me an- 
swer my own question : The voice of 
warning has been lifted and sounded 
abroad in all lands against the dangers 
of institutions that seek to supplement 
or supplant the religion of the Lord 
Jesus. All we can do is to kindly and yet 
.persistently bear testimony to the truth 
as we know it, and thereby hope to per- 
suade some to flee the meshes of the net, 
and others to avoid it. 

I pray that the spirit of firmness, tem- 
pered by kindness, may prevail at your 

Convention, and that lasting impressions 
may be made upon the minds and 
hearts of your auditors, and that many 
may be led to see the evils of the entire 
lodge system. 
(Rev.) Henry J. Becker. 

Covington, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1914. 

You have chosen a good locality for 
your Convention and I call your pro- 
gram well arranged. I hope the Lord 
will bless the efforts for the Convention. 

A former editor asked fne what good 
these conventions were doing? I 
thought over the question and concluded 
it is worth considering. 

First, it constitutes a center around 
which the antisecret forces can rally for 
concerted action. We can in some meas- 
ure organize our forces to meet secrecy, 
that com.mon foe to the home, society, 
the church, our courts and our govern- 

Second, these conventions invite in- 
vestigation ; they are not held behind 
closed doors with curtains drawn. The 
•inmates of these conventions have no 
need of whispering some password on 
approaching the entrance of the hallway. 
They will find on approaching the ses- 
sions and on the inside and all through 
the exercises the cheering expression : 
*'A11 are welcorne." This I aver not 
only looks well but sounds well and is 
well. The facts that lodge meetings are 
held at night, in some upper room, with 
window curtains closely drawn, with its 
members in oath bound secrecy, gives 
just grounds for suspicion. 

Third, true, the lodge has a brother- 
hood, but I do not approve their cast 
or kind. They exclude the penniless and 
helpless. If the seeker happens to have 
black or Caucasian skin, the lodge door 
will not swing for his admittance. Your 
Convention door will swing wide open 
for all. That sounds better, looks better 
■and is better. These points are too 
plain to admit of grounds for contro' 

I hope your Convention will be help- 
ful in freeing some from the clutches of 
secret orders. Would like very much to 
sit in your Convention, but previous en- 
gagements forbid my so doing. 

L J. Rosenberger. 

October, 1914. 



Brookville, Ohio, Aug. 26, 1914. 

I wish I could be present at your 
meeting. I have heard Rev. S. P. Long 
several times and I have his book m 
which he raps the lodge. I wish the 
Lutheran church had many more men 
like S. P. Long and Rev. Kennedy. May 
God bless your meeting and may much 
good come from it. 

I let my light shine in this community. 
They know my stand on this great evil. 
Christians ought to see that the lodge 
has our churches by the throat. I firmly 
believe that the people are beginning to 
get a true vision of this great evil as 
never before. 

Henry ATiller. 

Canton^ Ohio, xAug. 29, 1914. * 

The Ohio Conference of the Free 
Methodist Church in annual session as- 
sembled extend fraternal and hearty 
greetings to the president and members 
of the National Christian Association, 
opposed to secret societies, who are as- 
sembled in state Convention at Colum- 
biana, Ohio, August 31, 1914. 

Brethren, we are with you in this 
great work. We as a people have from 
the beginning of our existence as a 
church always taken a firm and decided 
stand against all secret organizations, 
especially oath bound secret organiza- 

We say in our book of discipline that 
voluntary associations are not neces- 
sarily sinful because they are secret. But 
secrecy is always a ground for suspicion. 
Evil works instinctively incline to dark- 
ness. Good works grow up in the light. 
God commands us to let our light shine. 
Even a good cause, under the shadow of 
secrecy, invalidates its claim to the con- 
fidence of open and honest men. Grace 
and guile can have no affinity. All se- 
crets necessary to be kept can be kept 
without an oath. A bad institution 
should not and a good one need not be 
secret. Philanthropic associations claim- 
ing our Christian co-operation on Chris- 
tian grounds must do so with open face. 
They must lift the veil while demanding 
our salutation or we can not salute them 
by the way. 

We would greatly enjoy meeting with 
you in your Convention but since we can 
not we bid you godspeed and pray that 

you may have a great and glorious Con- 

Yours fraternally, 
J. E. Williams, Conv." Secy. , 
W. B. Olmstead, 
D. W. Wesley, -- ' 



The following were among the mat- 
ters considered by the Board of Direc- 
tors at their regular meeting on Septem- 
ber 7th : 

A letter to the Board from Rev. A. 
Murrman. Nebraska Secretary, was read, 
and the matter of his agency was very 
carefully gone over. It was the unani- 
mous opinion of the Board that, all 
things considered, it was best to release 
Mr. Murrman. The Board feels very 
kindly towards him and regards him as a 
friend and a friend of the cause and has 
no doubt but that he will always continue 
to be such. 

The reports of Agents Davidson and 
Stoddard for July and August were ex- 
amined and approved. Agent Davidson's 
report showed twenty-three antisecrecy 
addresses given, two hundred- calls made 
and 167 Cynosure subscriptions taken. 
Secretary Stoddard gave twenty-five 
antisecrecy addresses, made 461 calls and 
took 178 Cynosure subscriptions. 

The matter of renting the north half 
of the second floor of our headquarters 
building at a low rate for a mission and 
the third floor for dormitory purposes, 
to the City Missionary Board of Chris- 
tian Reform Church, which desires to 
care for the young men from Holland 
communities who spend their evenings in 
this section of the city, was considered. 
The Board expressed- itself as heartily 
in favor of the plan, and voted its ap- 

The permanent committee ordered to 
be chosen by the annual meeting, on 
Resolutions and Memorials, elected the 
following as members of that committee : 
Rev. G. J. Haan, Rev. Thomas C. ^Ic- 
Knight, Rev. P. A. Kittilsby — the pub- 
lication committee of the Board. 

Reference was made to the Conven- 
tions held already, and to those that were . 
to be held in the near future. Also to the 
fact that the Ezra A. Cook Publishing 
Company has raised the price on their 



October, 1914. 

books to the Association very materially. 

The Building Committee reported that 
it had advised the painting and papering 
of the stairway, hall and the N. C. A. 
office. The Board also approved of any 
alterations or changes that might be nec- 
essary on account of the coming into the 
building of the Christian Reformed Mis- 

The Secretary reported that he was 
preparing a list of denominational meet- 
ings, both for this and contiguous states, 
and the general meetings of the denom- 
inations in the United States, for 1914, 
and 191 5 that as many as possible may 
be visited by a representative of the N. 
C. A. President Blanchard stated that 
he considered this a very important 
thing, and the Board urged that it be 
prepared as speedily as possible. 

The Secretary reported, as executor 
of the estate of Sarah L. Johnson, of 
Morning Sun, Iowa, which executorship 
he had held now for over four years be- 
ing unable to sell the place at private 
sale. He reported that he had ordered the 
place advertised and sold at auction to 
the highest bidder on October third. He 
also stated that the interests of the As- 
sociation would be conserved, so far as 
their mortgage note was concerned. The 
Annual Minutes of the National meet- 
ing, prepared by Mrs. N. E. Kellogg, 
recording secretary, were read and ap- 

A communication from Mrs. Louisa R. 
Coryell, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was 
read. She stated that she was about to 
deed a lot at Lakeside, on her island, 
near Mackinac, to the Association for 
the purpose of giving the Association and 
its friends a resting place during the 
summer vacations. The thanks of the 
Association were ordered to be expressed 
to her through the secretary. 

The minutes of the current meeting 
w^ere read, corrected and approved. 

After prayer by President Blanchard, 
the Association adjourned to meet Mon- 
day, November 2d, 1914. 

D. S. Warner, Chairman. 
W. L Phillips, Secretary. 


- A recent article contributed to one of 
the leading religious journals begins by 

saying, "Among the many interesting 
features of Dan Crawford's remarkable 
book, 'Thinking Black,' are the proverbs 
that he quotes. Some of these are purely 
African, and illustrate African intelli- 
gence and wit." One of them almost 
duplicates the underlying sentiment of 
the title of the book, for it is this : ''Drink 
beer, think beer." There is deep wisdom 
in "Dig your well before you are 
thirsty" ; and. subtle warning to young 
people tempted to join secret societies 
is found in "Live with wolf, and you will 
learn to howl." Possibly, another say- 
ing is not without a similar hint of cau- 
tion, "The key that opens is also the key 
that locks" ; and there may be a re- 
minder of such titles of books as "Hold- 
en with Cords," and "In the Coils," in "O 
exasperated one! you are tied up in 
ropes ; the more you tug, the tighter the 
knots become." Those who are most 
familiar with secret society titles, pre- 
tentions, orations and writings, may find 
least difficulty in applying this African 
saying, "A drum sounds only because it 
is empty." 

The same persons may be able to dis- 
cern a degree of analogy between think- 
ing black in Africa and thinking dark in 
America, when the writer who culled 
these sayings remarks that "antiquity in 
Africa means sanctity; a tremendous af- 
fair, this antiquity — a religion, almost, 
'An old, well worn path must lead up to 
a big chief/ is their way of saying that 
their millions of a majority (well worn 
path of precedent) has outvoted you and 
your Christianity." How like the won- 
derful ancient order this sounds, the an- 
cient order, with its ancient brethren, its 
mysterious antiquity, unreal yet as- 
sumed. Under the murky shadow of 
lodge superstition, thinking dark seems 
like thinking black ; peering into arti- 
ficial obscurity, the mind imagines, far 
beyond vision, indefinite remoteness of 
blind antiquity. 




By President C. A. Blanchard. 

This is a tract especially intended for ministers. The use of the term Baalism, in referring 
to Masonry, is a figurative use. "If we say Lord to any one who is not God, then we are 
worshipers of Baal and if we, who are religious teachers, call any one Lord except the true 
God, then we are prophets of Baal". This tract, in addition to setting forth the real relation 
of masonic ministers to a heathen [system, also gives the reason why Christian preachers 
become prophets of Baal. 

In the appendix there is a chapter on Masonic Theology, taken from Mackey's "Masonic 
Ritualist", the author being the well known Past General Grand High Priest of the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States. There is also A Word to Bible Students, by Rev. J. M. 
Gray, D. D., Dean of the Moody Bible Institute, and there is a page of Bible quotations 
which are important in this connection. 

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For Insurance, Strike Benefits, Salaries, and 

It might open the eyes of some peo- 
ple who imagine that trade unions exisW 
mainly for the purpose of strikes and 
making trouble for the employers, to 
learn that during the year 1913, the latest 
date to which reports have been com- 
piled, the international organizations in 
Canada and the United States disbursed 
the sum of fifteen million dollars in bene- 
fits to their members. Only three and a 
half millions of this was given out in 
strike pay, the balance being devoted to 
the liquidation of death and disability 
claims, etc. 

It is also to be remembered that these 
figures refer to money going through the 
ordinary channels, and in addition many 
thousands of dollars are being granted 
for special cases, of which no account is 
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[An extract from an article by Dr. Strong 
in The Homiletic Review, August, 1914.] 
The Cure. 

Publicity as to the organisation and 
methods of Trade Unions. 

The cure for darkness is light. Wher- 
ever the light has been turned on and the 
evil seen, that particular evil, for the 
time at least, has been done away. The 
inference is that if the light could be 
turned on all the time, and there be no 
darkness, very little evil of this nature 
could or would be transacted. We have 
already come to the acceptance of pub- 

licity as to commerce to a certain extent.- 
The Corporation Tax Law involves sub- 
mission to government scrutiny and 
knowledge of inside facts concerning the 
operations of interstate business enter- 
prises. Some features of the Sherman 
Law tend the same way. The Interstate 
Commerce Commission makes reports as 
to railroads which involve publicity upon 
many points and have saved the public 
from many ills. Honest men prefer to 
conduct their affairs in a manner that 
wins for them the confidence of the peo- 
ple. It is the evil business men who ob- 
ject to publicity. If it were known who 
were the directors of every companv, the 
main owners of its stock, the amount of 
its capital, its earnings and dividends, 
very few would be deceived into unwise 
purchase of stock, and very few gross 
evils would be committed by directors 
acting in the light of day. 

As to trade unions, fair play and jus- 
tice seem to demand the same amount of 
publicity for them as for business organ- 
izations. This would be in the interest of 
good trade-unionism. Very few people 
know about the real conduct of the af- 
fairs of our trade unions. They are pop- 
ularly supposed to be under the domi- 
nance, if not the control, of a few so- 
called "labor agitators," who magnify the 
importance of the union and lead it into 
strikes in order to get salaries for them- 
selves. While in some cases this may hap- 
pen, the ordinary fact is almost the exact 

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fall ijossioh- ttje death, of ii:«: who are 
corrrrrrhting no crime. T»rho are srmply 
seeking to do honest work to s^tppon 
their wfres and children. These out- 
raEes have produced a widespread tr^-t- 
dice against labor orfanization- ' • •. ' 
naturaHi' would have the hearty ^yrr,- 
path^' of all 2'ood people. 

The Annrer of tiie Umoo- 

"\A'hen thes^e crimes against working 
nien are nientioned as an arg^jment 
against the secTet labor xmkms oi our 
time the reply is yr^Mi^^ In the f:r'-*. 
place we are told, as above intimated^ th> -. 
the crimes art not to be attribtJted to the 
^cmkmh at all, that the}' belong to capital 
in itt *iSrjru to discredit labor. Second : 
that where th^e^ criiBes actttally are 
corrxmitted b}' the rmk/n.^ th;at the)' be- 
lor^ to a few of the ba^er elein^nt, that 
the leaders hare no sympathy with €uch 
orrtrages. And in the third place that 
ther^ ootra^^, bad at they are^ are not 
<C33' won»e thajj tiko^e whkh capital is 
<,n»eJt3r bt3t co33tintia!3y inflicting i:»pon 
workirjg tsaen. 

R^^rding the fir^t w^t^ion that 
tiket«e wroir^^ are ^j^vl^A by wealth fo" 

November. 1914. 



the purpose of discrediting labor organ- 
izations we may simply say that there is 
no reason to believe that the persons 
who make this statement believe it to be 
true. The developments in the Mc- 
Namara case seems to be absolutely con- 
clusive in regard to this matter. All the 
leaders insisted in this case as they do in 
all others that the explosion, if it was 
not caused by gas, was the work of men 
who hated the labor unions and wished 
to discredit them before the world. But 
for the fact that the proof was so con- 
clusive that the shadow of the gallows 
was falling heavy over the men who 
committed the crimes, there is no reason 'k- 
to suppose that these persons would not 
have been making the same claim at the 
present time. 

The statement that the leaders disap- 
prove of the violence and that a few bad 
men have done this work is equally ab- 
surd. All persons familiar with the facts 
in the case know that these outrages have 
been very expensive. It was costly work 
to commit the crimes and perhaps even 
more costly to defend them after they 
were committed. The counsel for the 
McNamaras is reported to have received 
$50,000 as his first slice and to have had 
other sums put in his possession to use at 
his discretion. The prosecution declared 
that thousands of dollars of these ad- 
ditional moneys were to be used bribing 
juries. No sane man believes that the 
poor, miserable tools of the unions 
bought dynamite in large quantities, put 
it in buildings which had been rented for 
the purpose, bought machinery to ex- 
plode it, traveled in palace cars from 
ocean to ocean, paid hotel bills and fur- 
nished all the money themselves. These 
moneys were contributed by the rank and 
file, many of whom knew nothing about 
the uses which were to be made of them. 
They were told that they were for ''edu- 
cational purposes" and the like. In fact 
one of the most desperately wicked 

things that the unions have done is to 
name the slugging men, whom they send 
about to maim or kill, ''educational com- 

The third defense is more serious and 
has simply to be admitted so far as it 
goes. It is an evil thing to kill one hun- 
dred men in a mine by neglect of proper 
protections in order that the owners may 
have larger dividends. Safety appliances 
on railway trains and in mills and fac- 
tories have too frequently been not the 
spontaneous action of the owners but a 
grudging compliance with law. All that 
we can say is that this inhumanity is 
reachable by law, is being reached by law. 
and that more and more legislatures and 
courts have seemed disposed to do their 
duty in this particular. But these inhu- 
manities, bad as they are, are not like 
deliberate murder and are never classed 
with it, except by those who are confused 
in mind, or wrong at heart. For a cor- 
poration to neglect to safeguard life, to 
exact unreasonable hours of labor, to pay 
less than labor is worth, all these things 
may involve the guilt of murder but they 
are not the same as planting bombs or 
using knives or pounding men to death 
in the public streets. 

A Study of First Principles. 

The natural sympathy which all worthy 
men must have for laborers who do the 
hard, disagreeable tasks among men, the 
natural repugnance and horror which all 
worthy men must have when they con- 
sider the terrible outrages which have at- 
tended labor unions from the beginning 
nntil now, and the apologies, excuses, de- 
nials and defenses which are made b\' 
labor unions, when charged with these 
crimes, force us back to a study of un- 
derlying principles. Xo organization is 
to be condemned because members of 
that organization do evil. (Organizations 
are to be condemned when they naturally 
conduct to evil doing, when their teach- 
ings and requirements obviously tend in 


christia:: cynosure. 

November, 1914. 

that direction. Since it is alleged that 
the labor union movement of our time is 
not necessarily evil, is not responsible for 
the crimes which have been committed 
in its name we must examine the under- 
lying principles of the organizations, and 
if they be evil condemn the organiza- 
tions. If the\- be sound and right w'e 
must then approve the organizations and 
-eek to remove the evils w^hich have be- 
come incidentally connected with them. 
P^ntering upon this study we remark first, 
that those organizations are secret. 
This one item is a serious one, for a se- 
cret society in an age like this and in a 
country like ours is not needful for any 
good purpose whatsoever. These are the 
words of that great statesman and ora- 
tor ^^'endell Phillips, that were true years 
ago when uttered, they are true today, 
the}' will be true to the end of time. 
Those who love the truth will come to 
the light and thase who hate the light, 
hate it bef;ause their deeds are evil. 

Jn the second place these organiza- 
tions, all of them involve a surrender 
of personal liberty. The member of the 
labor union promises to obey the orders 
of his superiors; when they say ''strike/' 
he strikes. Jfe is pledged to do so no 
matter what the needs of his family rnay 
be, no matter what the relations of him- 
'-.elf to his employer may be, no matter 
•/.'hat he wishes to do, he is j^lclgcd to 
obey. Now God has made men responsi- 
ble as individuals. Jfe has never con- 
sented that one man should assume direc- 
tion over another man's life; to his own: 
Master every man stands or falls. It is 
ol^vious therefore that this j^rincij^a) of 
unquestioning obedience is a violation of 
the fundamental law of human society. 
It is a violation of the ]>rin^ ij>le, of the 
fundamental principle, of human con- 
duct, f^ach man must answer for him- 
self, he must control his own activities. 
This is impossible if he be a member of 
a labor union. 

In the third place the labor unions 
have planted themselves on the prin- 
ciple of a uniform wage for all mem- 
bers of the union, the sober and the 
drunken, the virtuous and the vicious, the 
lazy and the industrious, the careful and 
the careless the accurate and the blun- 
dering, all are to be paid alike. Xo one 
needs to be told what such an arrange- 
ment will do for men. Every worthy, 
enterprising, careful, upright workman is 
insulted and wronged by such a scheme 
in which his excellencies are not recog- 
nized or rewarded ; so far as the union 
can do it, it puts him on the same basis 
with the idle, vicious, and worthless. 
This, which is an insult to the worthy, is evil encouragement to the un- 
worthy, who naturally says to himself, 
''Why should I be different from what I 
am? I am receiving as much as my fel- 
lows who are different from me, why 
should I change my character ? I am re- 
warded as they are, treated as they are, 
why should I seek to be different from 
what I am?" Thus the strong, energetic 
and able are depressed and discouraged 
while the ignorant, idle and injurious are 
led to continue their evil courses without 

A fourth fact respecting these organi- 
zations is that they require all to main- 
tain the cause of the worthless. No 
emjjloyer, naturally, wishes to continue 
on his wage list persons who are doing 
him harm, or failing to accomjjlish what 
they ought as a workman ; but if one of 
these drunken, idle, careless, blundering 
men is discharged his union walks out 
and if this is not sufficient to intimidate 
the emj;loyer other unions are called up- 
on to strike sympathetically. 1"hus the 
whole machinery of the union is j>ut into 
action to comj^el emj^loyers \f> retain the 
services of the men who are doing them 
injury, and to encourage these worth- 
less idlers to remain the sort of ]K,*oj;le 
that they are. 

November, 1914. 



The Limitation of Production. 

It has been a principle among the labor 
unions to require the enterprising and 
able men to cut down the work which 
they would naturally do to the amount 
which the inferior workman can or will 
perform. No bricklayer must put down 
more than so many bricks and this num- 
ber is fixed, not by the power and energy 
of able men but by the lack of power and 
lack of energy of the lazy or the incom- 
petent men. Thus expense for building 
is everywhere increased. The able work- 
man is compelled to a task such as an in- 
ferior man could perform and the whole 
natural constitution of society is inverted 
and destroyed. There is no stimulus for 
the indif¥erent, there is a steady depress- 
ing influence thrown upon the energetic 
and able. 

Another means by which the labor 
unions seek to keep wages up while the 
character and amount of the work goes 
down is known by what is called the 
"limitations of apprenticeship." In a 
free, industrial community any work- 
man, who desired, would join to himself 
any number of young men whom he 
wished and teach them his trade. Under 
the artificial system proposed by the labor 
unions the number of apprentices is 
strictly limited. No man can at his own 
pleasure take on these active, earnest 
young fellows and show them the road. 
Meanwhile what are they to do, if their 
parents are not able to support them? 
They must go into some employment for 
which perhaps they have no taste, in 
which perhaps they will necessarily be 
far less useful than if they were per- 
mitted freely to become skilled mechan- 
ics. But in order to keep the wages up 
and the work down these young men 
must be thrown into the street, many of 
them to become petty criminals, all of 
them to be wronged as regards their own 
life task. 

Violence in Strikes. 

I have spoken of the slugging and mur- 
dering which has gone forward under 
the shield of labor unions historically. I 
must take a moment of your time to 
speak of it philosophically. When the 
labor union strikes there is no thought 
or purpose on the part of the members 
that other persons shall be permitted to 
take the places which they have vacated 
and to do the work which they decline 
to carry forward. The unions will not 
fill the places themselves ; if men desire 
to fill them they will seek to prevent 
them. The claim that this is done by 
argument of course is a fictitious one. 
The natural and inevitable result of such 
a situation is violence ; it always has been, 
it always must be. The pretense that the 
unions are to control employers and com- 
pel them to do their will and to bring 
all this about in a peaceable, friendly 
manner is evidently merely pretense. 
Just as the older secret societies have 
used violence and murder to extend their 
influence, so, thus, labor organizations 
have done, will do, and from the nature 
of the case must do. If they are justi- 
fied at all, as secret organizations, it must 
be with the understanding that they will 
maim and kill those who do not generally 
submit to their dictations. 
Where Wealth Accumulates and Men 

No thinking man needs to be told that 
a system such as I have described is as- 
suredly evil. It wars on the very nature 
of men ; it is corrupt and corrupting and 
if allowed to continue will create a law- 
less, dishonest, idle, worthless horde of 
so-called laborers who will deal with hu- 
man society as the Goths and \"andals 
did with the ancient civilizations. 

The evil is not incidental, it does not 
arise from the fact that some members 
of the unions are bad men. Some of 
them are good men — many of them are 
good men (I am speaking after the man- 



November, 1914. 

ner of men). I mean that they are mor- 
ally sound, that they are kind in their 
homes and would like to be good citizens 
in the state, but the very principles of 
the organization are adapted to render 
them inferior, unworthy, disreputable 
persons. That some members of the 
union may continue in them for years 
and resist these downward tendencies is 
unquestionably true ; but that the ten- 
dency is downward, that the natural ef- 
fect is evil, no thoughtful man can doubt. 
In Favor of Labor Organizations. 

If some friend of labor unions says, 
"Then you are opposed to labor organiza- 
tions." I reply at once, 'T am not op- 
posed to labor organizations. I believe 
in labor organizations for collective 
bargaining and for conserving their 
rights, but I think such organizations 
should be open and not secret. 

I think they should leave their mem- 
bers as they find them : free to come and 
go to work, or refrain from working as 
their necessities and consciences may re- 

The difference in ability, industry and 
effectiveness among workmen of course 
ought to be recognized in their compen- 
sation. To pay all laborers the same 
sum of money for the same number of 
hours of work is ridiculous beyond the 
limits of absurdity. Some men are worth 
a good deal, other men are worth very 
little, and some men are actually injuri- 
ous ; one could afford to pay them to 
keep off the place ; the idea that these 
three classes of men should be paid alike 
is so utterly at war with all principles of 
justice that it would seem to be born in 
the brain of a lunatic. 

But one may say, if labor unions can- 
not exist properly on the present plat- 
form what can they do? I answer they 
can in the first place be a wonderful 
means of social and personal uplift. For 
five hundred or a thousand men engaged 
in the same pursuit to meet for the pur- 

poses of conference, comparison, and 
mutual helpfulness might be a means of 
unmeasured good. Such an organization 
as this would have a mighty influence on 
wages, hours of labor, and conditions of 
employment. In place of having strikes 
ordered by some few individuals, who 
live by making trouble among their fel- 
low men, let such an organization as this 
comprising from one to thirty thousand 
men meet openly, declare and show that 
their wages are insufficient, the hours of 
labor are too long, or that conditions of 
employment are unsanitary and harmful 
and a vast public sentiment would in- 
stantly leap to the support of such a class 
of men making such a declaration. It 
would not be necessary to hire "educa- 
tional committees" composed of sluggers 
and murderers to beat, to stab, to shoot 
and to otherwise destroy human life in 
order to secure the changes which hu- 
manity require. 

The Church God's Spokesman. 

What has the church to do with all 
this. I answer that the church has much 
to do with this. The church is God's 
spokesman to the world. Has a good 
God, who made and governs all people, 
no interest in a matter like this ? Indeed 
He has. And it is the business of the 
church to declare His mind. While the 
church should never become the defender 
of any injustice on the part of the rich, 
neither should it become the defender of 
any injustices on the part of the poor. 
''The right wrongs nobody." And it is 
time that there was a general declaration 
on the part of all friends of justice and 
fair dealing, that the labor of our land 
should not be enslaving; that those who 
choose to connect themselves with the 
unions should be just as free to come and 
go. to work and rest as those who belong 
to social organizations. 

I believe that a united movement on 
the part of the church, and the friends of 
humanity outside of the church, would 

Novem])cr. 1914. 



result in a present destruction of the 
despotic power of these secret organiza- 



[The following is an extract from an article 
by Dr. Burrell in August, 1914, number of 
The Homiletic Review.] 

My friend bid me good day and I sat 

thinking. Presently, as in a vision, I 
seemed to be carried back through the 
intervening years and transported to the 
little town of Nazareth. I passed through 
the market place by the gate where huck- 
sters wTre trafficking and camels were 
kneeling laden with oriental wares. I^ 
threaded my way along a narrow street 
until I came to a carpenter shop. As I 
stood in the doorway I saw him at his 
bench, the Master Workman in home- 
spun, with chips and shavings about his 
feet and the implements of his trade be- 
fore him. He was repairing a wooden 
plow, and once and again he paused to 
wipe the perspiration from his face. 

I could not forbear asking of myself, 
"Is this the Christ? Can this be the only 
begotten Son of God, who dwelt in the 
glory of the Father before the world 
was ?" 

And yet, if he must needs come and as- 
sume our flesh, in wdiat other guise 
should it be ? Not as a king ; else he must 
live apart from the common walks of 
men. Not as a beggar or indolent para- 
site, since in that case respect must be 
withholden from him. How then, save 
as a member of the Third Estate, a man 
of the people, an average man? And just 
here, said I to myself, is the coign of 
vantage from which he purposes to in- 
fluence all sorts and conditions of men 
and ultimately restore the w^orld to God. 

As he was thus toiling at the bench a 
farmer came in to inquire about his plow. 
He scrutinized it most carefully at the 
point where share and handle met, and 
presently asked: "Is this a good jomt?" 

'T dare make no other," replied the 

''But it would never be seen-. Oh, there 
is no end of handicraftsmen who slight 
their work and think little of it." 

"Then they are dishonest. I serve not 
under the rule 'Be never found out,' but 
'Give thou honest work for honest 
wage.' " 

"When will my plow be ready? You 
promised it by nightfall, but I see that 
much remains to be done." 

"You shall have it in time. All the 
hours of the day are mine for labor. The 
plow will be ready for you." 

Thereupon the farmer w-ent out and 
the Carpenter resumed his task. He was 
aware of the fact that handicraft wa.- 
regarded, by the wiser and more cultured 
peoples of his time, as the business of 
slaves : so Lycurgus had written in his 
code and Plato taught in his Academy : 
but that did not seem to affect him. In 
this I rejoiced, because I knew that the 
craftsman's cap which he wore was des- 
tined to be the crown of honest toil 
through all succeeding ages. 

A peremptory voice said, "Man, can 
you mend my saddle bow?" 

The speaker, w^ho stood in the door- 
way, w^as evidently a person of wealtii 
and, by his accent, accustomed to com- 

"Good morrow, Ben Midas," replied 
the Carpenter, "I can mend your saddle 
bow after I have finished the plow." 

"How so, man, can not the p 1 o vv 

"No, I have promised it." 

"I am in haste and will pay you well. 
You seem to be troubled with a sensitive 
conscience." Then, fumbling at the em- 
broidered scrip which hung from his gir- 
dle, he added, "Here is one of my many 
gold pieces; perhaps that will relieve it." 

"Show me the coin. You say this is 
yours, Ben Midas? By what right?" 



November, 1914. 

"By my having earned it in honest 
trade. You have seen my camels in the 
market, laden with Persian fabrics. The 
wealth which I have thus acquired is 
mine, to do what I will with it." 

"Nay. not what you wnll. You may 
hoard it ; and behold, it will mildew. You 
may squander it in riotous living; but it 
will return to mock and plague you. Or 
you may administer it as a solemn trust 
for the God w^ho gave yoii the power to 
acquire it. His word is 'Occupy till I 
come.' I grant you, money-making is a 
lawful business ; and fortunate is the 
man who has a genius for it ; providing 
always that he recognizes his responsi- 
bility as a steward of God." 

'T want no preachment about God," 
exclaimed the rich man indignantly ; "my 
money is mine ; let that sufhce." 

*'Not so, Ben Midas ; consider the 
reckoning that awaits you. Suppose this 
night your soul should be required? 
Then whose would those things be? 
Death ends your tenure. Gold has no 
value save for what you can do with it. 
Would it not be well to make friends by 
the kindly use of your possessions, so 
that when you fail they may receive you 
into everlasting habitations?" He then 
continued with great earnestness, 'T have 
somewhat to say to you, my friend ; the 
complaints of your camel-drivers have 
come to my ears. They say they are un- 
derpaid, ill-fed, and beaten for slight of- 
fenses. Ben Midas, a just God will 
avenge them ! He is no respecter of per- 
sons. Your wealth is no warrant for 
overweening pride. The laborer is worthy 
of his hire: and woe to him that grinds 
the faces of those that wait upon him. O 
my friend, how hardly shall they that 
have riches enter into the kingdom of 
God !" 

The rich man thereupon departed in a 
rage. I marveled at the boldness of this 
Carpenter ; for he spake as one having 
authority. But as I pondered on this, an- 

other entered, who- was greeted as a fel- 
low craftsman. 

It appeared that the wooden workers 
of Nazareth and the neighboring towns 
were organizing a gild for mutual help 
and defense against all encroachment on 
their industrial rights. Of this the Car- 
penter approved, saying, *Tt is written 
in the Book : 'Two are better than one, 
for if they fall the one will lift up his 
brother.' But before I co-operate with 
you, I would know three things : First, is 
it proposed to sign away or surrender 
our personal freedom in any way? If we 
are to be controlled by unwise or incom- 
petent leaders I can not, as a self-respect- 
ing artisan, go with you. Second, is there 
to be any resort to violence in enforcing 
our rights? If this means war on honest 
capital or enmity toward those who em- 
ploy us then, as a believer in the just and 
impartial application of both divine and 
human law, I can not go with you. Third, 
is it proposed to interfere in any man- 
ner with the employment of those who 
decline to join us? Shall we be expected 
to force men into our fellowship by de- 
nying the right of independent action ? 
If so, your policy is suicidal, because it 
would put our craft most obviously in 
the wrong and w^ould forfeit the sym- 
pathy of all right-thinking men ; in which 
case I could not go with you." 

The workmen's agent was so evidently 
forestalled in his intended argument that 
he scarcely knew what to say. "No 
doubt," he stammered, "there are some 
who prefer to labor on their own terms ; 
in which case we must needs go under 
or must drive them to the wall. But 
doubtless they would yield to reason 
sooner or later and join us." 

"But," said the Carpenter, "that sort 
of 'reason' savors overmuch of force 
and does not appeal to me. These men, 
like ourselves, have others dependent on 
them. Their right to labor is inalienable. 
Who are we that we should denv them 

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the exercise of that right? There is a 
golden rule which says : 'Do unto others 
as you would be done by.' To help and 
not to hinder, to bear the burdens of the 
weak, to live and let live, to suffer wrong 
rather than inflict it, so have I learned 
the mind of God." 

"Nevertheless." objected the visitor, 
"we must protect ourselves." 

''Nay ; rather it behooves us to look up- 
on the things of others. The service of 
self is not the highest and best. He is 
the true servant of God who, in self-de- 
nial, most faithfully serves his fellow 
man. Let us in the interest of labor deal 
fairly, not only with our employers who*" 
stand for capital, but with our fellow 
toilers in their stern grapple with the 
wolf at the door. As we are sons of the 
Patriarch Jacob let us heed his admoni- 
tion, 'Ye be biethren; see that ye fall not 
out by the way.' "' 


James McCosh, D. D., LL. D., Ex- 
President of Princeton, in his work, 
"Psychology ; The Motive Powers," page 
214, says: "I have noticed that those 
who have been trained in secret socie- 
ties, collegiate or political, and in trades 
unions, like priests, Jesuits, thugs and 
ATolly Alaguires, have their sense of 
right and wrong so perverted that, in the 
interests of the body with which they 
have identified themselves, they will 
commit the most atrocious crimes, not 
only without compunction, but with an 
approving heart and Avith the plaudits of 
their associates." 


The Chicago Tribune of October 23rd, 
1914, says: "Labor sluggers get new vic- 
tim." Lawrence Ryan, a steamfitter. on 
his way home after receiving his wages, 
stopped long enough to purchase a doll 
for his two-year-old daughter Dorothy. 
There were six men in the "educational 
committee." Ryan was shot in the neck, 
but despite his wound and weakened 
condition he held on to his little girl's 
doll until he reached home, outside of 
which he fell unconscious. 


Stealing Masonic Thunder. 
It is said that a labor organization ex- 
isted when the Temple of Solomon was 
erected. The craftsmen employed on the 
building were united in a kind of secret 
order, and had a system by which they 
could understand each other without 
their masters understanding. They used 
certain cabalistic symbols, which all of 
the laborers understood, but which were 
so much "henscratch" to any one else. 

That was the origin of the labor unions 
of today, it is said. 

In that early time the organization was 
formed in the effort to obtain better 
food, and more of it. No question of 
wages entered into the contract, because 
it was not considered honorable for a 
man to accept pay for his labors. He 
could accept a gift, but never its value in 
money in return for his work. 

Since the establishment of Christian- 
ity, the world has passed through many 
phases, but never was the idea of union- 
ized labor forgotten. Those peoples who 
recognized it have been the most progres- 
sive of the world, and have led in pros- 

It is interesting to know that our or- 
ganized labor unions which are today 
celebrating Labor Day. had a first real 
organization when the Perpetual' League 
of the Swiss Confederacy became an 
accomplished fact on August i, 1291. 
The establishment of the Swiss republic 
was accomplished when the 13 guilds of 
workingmen were made permanent, and 
these guilds became a mighty force in the 
nation afterwards. 

When America Took Part. 
Americans are generally right into the 
thick of all that is advantageous to the 
greatest number of people. So after the 
Colonists became free from the yoke of 
England, they were ready to take up oth- 
er questions for their improvement. 

Early in the history of this country 
Europeans who had tired of monarchies 
came to America to start life on another 
plane. But among those who came to the 
new country were many descendants of 
the nobility of Europe. They had become 
accustomed to the servitude of their de- 
pendents, and they missed it in this 
freer country. Servants were looked 
upon as menials, and were garbed in 



November, 1914. 

clothing marking them the property of 
some rich man. 

Laborers believe that Americans im- 
bibed more of this feeling by their living 
abroad so constantly, where they saw the 
manner in which the wealthy aristocrats 
treated their servants. They began to 
think that every man who labored was a 
servant. They made no distinction when 
they returned to this country. 
Order Established. 

But tlie desire for a union had not died 
out in the breasts of men since the day 
Solomon's Temple was being built. 
American laborers started the agitation 
along more positive lines. They deter- 
mined to have an established labor union. 

The first step in this was the conven- 
tion in New York City on September 5, 
1882, of the General Assembly of the 
Order of the Knights of Labor. The 
labor organizations paraded the streets 
of New York, and at the picnic which 
followed there were many speakers, all 
of whom extolled the establishment of a 
labor union. 

Until that day the New York labor 
unions had not worked openly, and work 
which had been carried on in an effort to 
establish such a union was necessarily 
done very quietly. 

\A^ith the convention of the labor 
unions in New York on September 5, 
1882, was established the first Labor 
Day. Since that time, no other term has 
been used to designate it. 

The labor organizations of New York 
paraded on the first Monday of Septem- 
ber, 1883. That w^as the establishment 
of another precedent, and when in 1884 
the Central Labor Union of New York 
discussed the question of a yearly parade, 
George K. Lloys, offered a resolution de- 
claring Labor Day. The legislature en- 
acted a law making the first Monday in 
September the yearly Labor Day, and 
legal holiday. 

This action of the New York legisla- 
ture extended to other states and now 
Labor Day has become a national holi- 
day. — Cohimbus Dispatch. 

The disciples toiled all night without 
Christ and they caught no fish, but when 
He appeared on the scene and directed 
their actions they soon filled the boat. 



[Our readers will be interested in the fol- 
lowing article by Rev. Mr. Hoekstra, Presi- 
dent 01 the Michigan Christian Association.] 

The term, "God's Acre," that the 
Christian applies to the cemetery, is high- 
ly suggestive. There we bury our be- 
loved dead, and as we do so, we confess 
that we are only sowing the body as a 
seed in the acre where our God is keep- 
ing watch till the resurrection morn. 
Then this corruptible will put on incor- 
ruption, and this mortal will put on im- 
mortality. Then shall be brought to pass 
the saying that is written, "Death is swal- 
lowed up in victory." The Christian does 
not hesitate to sing his song of triumph 
at the grave. 

Nor does the lodgeman who believes 
in lodgism. What does the lodge say of 
its graveyard (for it is a significant fact 
in itself, that it has its own cemetery). 
In consecrating a masonic cemetery in 
Chicago, the Grand Master of the lodge 
said: "Our Grand Master (in heaven) 
will take all who are buried in this 
ground unto himself, in the day when he 
makes up his jewels." According to the 
masonic burial service, the master says at 
the burial of a master mason : "Unto the 
grave we have assigned the body of our 
deceased brother there to remain until the 
general resurrection, in favorable expec- 
tation that his immortal soul may then 
partake of the joys which have been pre- 
pared for the righteous from the begin- 
ning of the world." One of the funeral 
odes of Odd Fellowship runs in this 
strain : 

"And now he quits our weary strain 
And marches o'er the heavenly heights; 

But we shall walk with him again 

And share his rest and his delight." 

After quoting from i Cor. 15, the of- 
cial Burial Ritual of the Modern Wood- 
man of America continues : "These 
promises are sweet to us, they fill our 
hearts with hope of a glad future pro- 
vided by the Great Creator of His people, 
where eternal joy will dispel the ephemer- 
al sorrow of this troublesome existence." 
And a little later the counsel says : "We 
shall soon leave our neighbors in the city 
of the dead. Mourn not his departure. 
He shall live in the eternal glories of his 
Maker." It cannot but be evident from 

November, 1914. 



these quotations, that the lodge teaches 
that there is another way to heaven than 
the Christian way. The faithful lodge 
member will upon his decease go to the 
Great Chancellor Commander or the 
Grand Architect of the Universe Be- 
yond. The lodge has imitated Christian- 
ity and taken its own place among the 
psuedo-religions of the world in pretend- 
ing to reveal what is beyond the grave. 

Now what shall we say to these things ? 
We have found an organization or sys- 
tem of organizations that pretends to 
form a spiritual brotherhood, — but apart 
from Christ ; that gathers round about an 
altar for worship, yet in the very proc- 
ess trampling on the blood of the Lamb : 
that professes faith in God, but not th^ 
God of Christianity ; that pretends to 
teach men ^the way unto salvation, but 
not the way that leads by Calvary ; that 
attempts to imitate the symbolism of 
Christianity ; that teaches a species of 
mortality, inspired of the devil ; that 
claims to practice charity, yet a charity 
born of selfishness ; that promises heaven 
hereafter to its members, but not thq 
Christian heaven. — The Banner. 



You have heard that Masonry is 
a religion. Masons claim it ; anti-ma- 
sons claim it. There is a masonic Bible 
and a masonic God and a masonic Heav- 
en. What so few will question, we need 
not take time to prove. As far as sym- 
bols are concerned a masonic lodge is 
more religious than a church. The shape 
of the lodge room, the form of the altar, 
the emblems on the walls, each has a re- 
ligious significance to the Mason who un- 
derstands the meaning, which few Ma- 
sons do. Most of the members join for 
business, social and political reasons and 
give little attention to its religious fea- 
tures. That the religion of Masonry is 
not Christian is clear enough from the 
fact that the enemies of Christianity arc 
quite as- much at home in the lodge as is 
the Christian. Where one finds the 
Christian and the Jew and the Moham- 
medan and the infidel it is quite evident 
that the religion of such an assemblv is 
not Christian; if it were, only Christians 
could become members. 

Whence Comes the Religion of Masonry? 

Masonic writers claim that their re- 
ligion is older than Christianity; older 
than Mohammedanism; older than Juda- 
ism ; older than Hinduism. They claim 
that each one of these religions is an ex- 
pression or outgrowth of the religion of 
Masonry — the true religion — and, there- 
fore the believers in each of these re- 
ligions may unite in the masonic lodge 
without hindrance. Therefore when the 
masonic ritual uses names from Judaism 
they are used in a masonic sense and do 
not mean what the Jew means by these • 
same terms. When the Mason uses names 
and symbols from Christianity he uses 
them in a masonic sense. When he uses 
the Bible it is used as a masonic symbol 
and not in either the Christian or the 
Jewish sense. All the symbols of Ma- 
sonry, whether in the lodge or out of it. 
from whatever source they come, are 
used in a masonic sense and in the ma- 
sonic sense alone. The Solomon of the 
lodge is not the Solomon of the Bible ; 
the Hiram of the lodge is not the Hiram 
of the Bible ; the temple mentioned so 
often in the ritual is not the temple at Je- 
rusalem. Each of these names is used 
in a sym.bolic sense and the symbols get 
their meaning from the masonic religion. 
Object of Worship Determinant. 

The character of every religion is de- 
termined by the object of its worship. 
We know Mohammedanism when we 
know Mohammed : we know Buddhism 
when we kno\\' Buddha ; we know Con- 
fucianism when we know Confucius; we 
know Christianity when we know Christ. 
We know the masonic religion when we 
understand the character of the masonic 
god. , 

The God of Judaism is a person ; the 
God of Christianity is a person. The god 
of ]Masonry is not a person at all. It is 
a principle. T quote from the Supreme 
Council .Ancient and Accepted Rite, 
I.ansanne, t868: "Freemasonry pro- 
claims, as it ever has j^roclaimed. tlie ex- 
istence of a creative principle which it 
terms the Great .\rchitect of the uni- 
verse." This is an official declaration 
and definition 'of the Great .Architect wit- 
nessed in everv ritual as the eod of Ma- 
sonry. The Great Architect, the gfod 
whom ATasons worship in their symbol«i 
and in their ritual is not a person. Tf we 



November, 1914. 

keep that in mind it will make clear the 
masonic claim that all religions express 
the masonic idea, since in all Masons 
worship the creative principle — the Great 
Architect. Buck claims that the recogni- 
tion of this principle is the real genius of 

The Mystery Religions. 

Whence came this idea of the creative 
principle, which the Masons have made 
a god and called the Great Architect? 
Albert Pike identifies this creative princi- 
ple with the creative principle of the 
Egyptian and Indian religions. It takes 
its origin in the mysteries, the nature 
worship of the pagan religions of India, 
Egypt, Asia Minor and Greece. It is 
common to all of them since each is only 
a different form of the worship of the 
creative principle in nature. 

The Assyrians worshiped the creative 
principle under the name of Bel, the 
Egyptians called it Osiris, the Greeks 
called it Adonis, the Tyrians called it 
Baal, and the Masons call it the Great 
Architect. The heathenism which Ahab 
and Jezebel introduced into Israel, 
against which Elijah fought: the heath- 
enism which on Carmel vainly called on 
its god to send down fire, that is the re- 
ligion which explains the ritual and the 
symbols of the masonic lodge. Masonry 
as an institution goes back no further 
than 1717, but as a relis^ion it is as old 
as Egypt and Assyria. Probably not one 
Mason in a hundred understands the 
m.eanine: of the symbols which he sees in 
the lodo-e, or wears on his watch chain. 
If he understood the true meaning of the 
snuare and the compass, if he understood 
the significance of the symbol "G" and of 
the radiant sun, if he knew the signfi- 
cance of the apron which he wears, that 
dates from the q^e of the Phrygian mys- 
teries, he would bury them deep and ask 
the foreiveness of decent people for ever 
having worn such abominations. 

The creative principle finds expression 
in two places — in nature and in man. 
This creative principle by itself would be 
incomplete, and therefore the symbolism 
of Masonrv includes both the masculine 
and the feminine principles. This was 
alwavs the c^se in the heathen mysteries. 
Osiris was joined with Tsis, Zeus with 
Demeter. Baal with Ashtaroth. In all 
these religions it signifies the worship of 

sexual passion. That was the seductive 
form of idolatry for which the Canaan- 
ites forfeited their right to live ; it was 
the temptation before which the Israel- 
ites fell in the plains of Moab. It taught 
that in the sexual act they worshiped 
their god, the creative principle — the 
Great Architect of Masonry. The square 
represents the masculine principle, the 
compasses the feminine. You usually 
find them joined in symbol and that sig- 
nifies the perpetuation of life. In one 
symbol we see the sun with the rays ex- 
tending out in every direction and that 
signifies the activity of the creative prin- 
ciple. The triangle which so often ap- 
pears in Masonic symbolism has one of 
its sides representing the masculine prin- 
ciple, another the feminine, while the 
third side S3^mbolizes the joining of these 
two principles in procreation. What the 
Hindoo temple at Benares carries out in 
practice, in the sacrifice of female virtue 
in the worship of their god, the genera- 
tive principle (which the Mason calls the 
Great Architect), is symbolized in the 
ritual of the lodge. 

Hiram Abiff, whom the Masonic can- 
didate represents in his initiation, finds 
his origin, if not his name, in the Egyp- 
tian story of Isis, Osiris and Typho. 
Like Hiram, Osiris was slain ; twice was 
his body buried ; Isis looks for the body 
as the lodge looks for the candidate, he 
is found and raised by the "lost word" — 
the creative principle in man. In the 
Egyptian mysteries, Osiris had lost the 
generative organs : in the lodge, Hiram 
the candidate loses his life. The restora- 
tion of life through the "lost word'* 
resurrects him into life as a Mason. From 
the beginning to the end of the ritual it 
gets its meaning from the heathen mys- 
teries, where the central fact was the 
worship of the phallus, which contains 
the creative principle, the Great Archi- 

Wagner sums up the facts in a state- 
ment which cannot be excelled for brev- 
ity and clearness : "Masonry is a religion 
which makes the mystery of procreation 
the objective fact on which it rests ; the 
mysterious life generative principle in 
man the object of its adoration and wor- 
ship : the generative acts the pattern for 
its rites and ceremonies ; the generative 

November, 1914. 



organs the basis of its symbolism ; the 
passions its inspiring spirit." 
Bloomington, Ind. 

John W. Pritchard, Editor of The 
Christian Nation, says editorially, that 
the late Rev. Charles D. Trumbull, of 
Morning Sun, Iowa, once stated in his 

hearing that the presence of the Chris- 
tian Cynosl're in his father's house 
taught him in his youth the evil of secret 
societies. As a result Rev. Mr. Trum- 
bull was for many years and until his 
death one of the most helpful and faith- 
ful friends tliat the N. C. A. had in 




-... — . n 

Matchless Beyond Compare. 
"He was a man 
Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven 
To serve the Devil in." 

There is some danger of getting a false 
idea of the condition of affairs in Bran- 
don. Reading the account of this con- 
flict only, and that continuously, one is 
apt to think there w^as nothing in the vil- 
lage but strife and contention, wars and 
rumors of wars. This is not true. Gener- 
ally, Brandon was as quiet and peaceful 
as any other country village. Society 
W9s not seriously disturbed. There were 
divisions, something like political parties. 
There were periodic excitements, some- 
thing like political campaigns. Perhaps 
there was a little more feeling on this 
fiuestion than on merely political ques- 
tions, because it involved other interests, 
personal, moral and religious, and also 
because the American party, recently or- 
ganized, was deemed by some unworthy 
of existence. 

The citizens generally were divided 
into four classes — Masons, antimasons, 
"bnt-masons," and what were commonly, 
though not classically, called "Jack-ma- 

There w^ere a few individuals who 
were not included in any of the above 
classes. These were the honest friends 
of the lodge, who had known something 
good in it, or done by it, and. while thev 
would not oppose, would not help it until 
thev could know the truth in rejjard to 
its character. These would, as honest 
men, soon belone to one of the two 
classes mentioned first in the list. 

The first of these was composed of 
members. Of these there were obvious- 
ly tw^o kinds. There were those who, 
through respect for it as their religion, 
or from love of it as an advantage, or 
from fear of its power, were in abject 
slavery to the lodge; and there were a 
few who merely adhered to it, but would 
not let it stand much in the way of any 
known duty. 

The antimasonic party included all 
opposed to secret societies, from the 
fanatics, as the leaders were called, to 
those who were not favorable to such as- 
sociations, but were not deeply inter- 

The third class was small in the vil- 
lage, but is large in the nation. It is com- 
posed of those who believe ^Masonry is 
wrong and injurious, but who are afraid 
to say so publicly, or to attack it or to 
defend antimasonry. Their own descrip- 
tion of themselves in private is generally 
in these words : ''I am no Mason, but" — 
or, 'H am an antimason, but'' — . Among 
ministers there are ' many of these — 
"dumb dogs which cannot bark." They 
dare not preach plainly on the text. " \nc! 
have no fellowship with the unfruitful 
works of darkness, but rather reprove 
them ;" or "Be ^•e not unequally voked to 
gether with unbelievers :" or. "And thou 
shalt swear in truth, in righteousness and 
in indgment." Thev perhaps excuse 
themselves bv perverting and repeating" 
the passnpre. ''For it is a shame e^•en to 
sneak of those thing's which ^re ^r^\^^ of 
them in secret." Thev should be ashRmed 
of ^heir silence. And vet it would be a 
shame to plainly describe all that is done 



November. 1914. 

in the lodge and the meaning of their 
symbols. Some other persons would not 
dare to speak their belief on this subject, 
because its discussion might produce a 
ripple on the placid surface of society, 
and, by speaking themselves, their popu- 
larity, or prospects for office, or their, 
business might be injured for a few days. 
These all believe this or that, ''but" — . 

The last class is distinct from the 
others, and it is large. For there are 
many who are called men, but lacking 
the honesty, independence and wit of 
men, deserve not the name. These are 
ever ready to toady to any lord, dema- 
gogue, corporation or party for the sake 
of bread and butter, or position. And in 
this conflict there are some of them who. 
as long as they are coddled or helped by 
the lodge, or by a friend, or partner or 
employer who is a member, will deny that 
Masonrv can be revealed, and will not 
only refuse to work against it, but also 
find fault with antimasons for doing so, 
saying these do not understand it, and at 
the same time they themselves in their 
admitted ignorance will favor it and 
work for it. These are the parasites of 
the order. They are not Freemasons, 
neither are they free men. They receive 
not the advantages of Masons over their 
fellows, but only eat the refuse. They 
nibble at the bait and think they are 
growing fat. Thev are like empty sacks, 
in three ways: First, because there is 
nothing in them ; second, because they 
cannot stand alone ; and third, because 
some one must even open and shut their 
mouths for them ! They nod their heads 
wisely and say that they have made up 
their minds, but the truth is, some one 
else did it for them, and it was not a very 
extensive job either. One of these is to 
the lodge like a cobbler's wax to his 
thread ; it sticks to it, no difiference 
throueh what a small hole it must go. 
Has not his all gone before him and pre- 
pared the way ? He lives under the cat's 
foot, and he must please her or she may 
'^cratch his smiling: face. True, she mav 
be suckins' his breath, but that is not so 
much dreaded by one of his class as feel- 
ing for an instant the claws. These are 
not the few honest friends of the lodge, 
but those who trv to curry favor from 
Masons by accepting all their statements 
and spreading them over a community, 

and by doing many little tricks for them 
which members do not like to do them- 
selves, and who admit their ignorance of 
the order by claiming that it cannot be 
understood by those outside, and yet who 
talk and work for it as if they understood 
all about it and knew that it was a good 
thing. H it is wrong, because he is igno- 
rant, for an antimason to oppose the 
lodge when he thinks he understands it, 
why is it not worse for a "Jack-mason" 
to favor it when he knows his ignorance ? 

These different classes met and con- 
versed in a courteous manner, and car- 
ried on business without any reference to 
their difference of opinion on this ques- 
tion, except in a few cases. A few most 
sensitive evil Masons and some most 
foolish "Jack-masons" would have noth- 
ing to do with some antimasons, repre- 
senting the division much greater than it 
was, and endeavoring in their spite to 
make contention sharper and feelings 
more bitter. But still there seemed to be 
a design on the part of the lodge to crush 
out all opposition and silence all discus- 
sion. To this end different means were 

The eft'ect of this spirit was plainly 
seen in some of the churches. In one 
denomination if a minister wished a fair 
appointment, he must not open his mouth 
again this order of love and charity. One 
brother did incautiously in his honesty, 
remark that he had never known a good 
Mason to make much spiritual progress, 
and had never seen a good, working 
church member, who was at the same 
time an active lodge member; and this 
brother, one of the most faithful, pious 
and talented in the conference, the next 
year was left "without charge." The 
members also must be almost as discreet, 
especially in Brandon, which in this con- 
flict was somewhat in advance of other 
places. There the Masons, from over- 
sensitiveness and from personal enmity, 
would not go to hear a minister preach 
should he be honest enough to speak a 
word against the lodge ; and many anti- 
masons from conscientious principles, be- 
lievino^ Masonic religion inconsistent with 
the Christian religion, and membership in 
the lodge inconsistent conduct by a min- 
ister, would not attend services con- 
ducted by one known to be a Mason. For 
this reason Dr. Groves and his family. 

November, 1914. 



since they had been thoroughly enlight- 
ened on this question, had been generally 
attending services at Bethel church, 
where the venerable Father Kemble was 
pastor, although, occasionally they went 
to hear the Rev. Dr. Dobbs, who was still 
pastor over their own church. 

One day, after their attendance there 
had become very irregular, the Rev. Dr. 
Dobbs and the portly Deacon Moyle 
called and asked for Edith. She came 
promptly into the parlor, greeted them 
pleasantly, and entered into general con- 
versation. After some little time the 
pompous doctor of divinity straightened 
up in his chair, cleared his throat, and, 
in more sanctimonious tones than usual, 
said : 

"My dear young sister, as officers In 
our beloved church, and as your brethren 
in the Lord, we have called to converse 
with you in regard to your church rela- 
tions and duties. If you are willing to 
answer, in order that we may better un- 
derstand your intentions, we desire to ask 
you a few necessary questions." These 
sentences were drawled out slowly to give 
a solemn effect. 

Edith answered cheerfully : ''Certain- 
ly, Doctor, I am willing to answer any 
questions you may ask." 

"Well, Sister Groves, you deeply feel 
your responsibility as a member of the 
church to be faithful and diligent in the 
use of the means of grace both public and 
private?" said the doctor verv solemnly. 

"I do," answered Edith seriously. 

"Let me inquire if you are in the habit, 
morning and evening, in secret and also 
with the family, of offering up your de- 
votions ?" 

"I am," said Edith humbly and truly. 

"Well now% my young sister, we have 
recently noticed with deep regret vour 
continual absence from our services, 
where formerly you were always punc- 
tual and regular in your attendance," said 
the pastor somewhat uneasilv. 

"I am very sorry, indeed." said Edith, 
"that the circumstances are such that T 
feel justified in attending elsewhere for 
the present." 

"But vour proper place is in your own 
church," Dobbs remarked more positive- 
ly than was his custom. 

"I admit that generally persons ought 
to attend their own church, and that there 

is too much neglect of this duty; but 
sometimes circumstances make a differ- 

"Well," said her pastor, raising his 
flaxen eyebrows almost to the place there 
should be some hair, and speaking very 
pleasantly indeed, "will you please be so 
kind as to state the circumstances which 
lead you away from us, and perhaps they 
could be remedied by skillful hands?" 

"If that were done I should be happy. 
I love our own church and congregation. 
If it were not so, I would have asked for 
my letter to unite elsewhere, but have 
waited with some hope that the cause of 
my difficulty would be removed." 

"What is the cause of your difficulty?" 
asked the deacon, who thought it was 
time to show his authority. 

"I think," answered Edith, "that I had 
better not name it now." 

"Did you not say that you were willing 
to answer our questions ?" asked the dea- 
con gruffly. 

"I am willing, but think it not best un- 
less you insist," said Edith, who in her 
modesty did not then want to discuss the 

"Well, we insist," said ]\Ioyle, anxious 
for the encounter. 

"Dr. Dobbs, shall I answer, when you 
both know something of the nature of 
my difficulty, and only want my state- 
ment which might start an unpleasan.t 
discussion?" asked Edith. 

"Certainly, we must have a plain state- 
ment." was the reply. 

"What is the plain question, then, if 
you please?" said Edith. 

"WHiv do you not attend your own 
church ?"' asked Dr. Dobbs very solemnly. 

"I am sorry to seem to reflect on any 
one, but you have insisted on an answer : 
Because the pastor is a Freemason." an- 
swered Edith plainly but meekly. 

"Indeed ! \Miat difference does that 
make to you ^" asked the deacon haught- 

"It does me but little good to hear a 
iMason preach," answered Edith, who 
after a slieht pause added, "but you un- 
derstand the case, and probably wc had 
better let it re^t." 

"Xo. it must be settled." said the doc- 

"T wish it could be." answered Editli 



NcA ember, 1914. 

"\\'ell, answer the questions more 
promptly," said the official deacon. "Why 
does it do you no good to hear our pas- 
tor? Is your heart not right?" 

"Yes. why is it?" asked the doctor, 
thinking perhaps they had cornered her. 

"Because," answered Edith firmly but 
respectfully, *'I have such serious objec- 
tions to Masonry that I cannot listen w^ith 
much confidence in the sincerity of its 

''What are your serious objections?" 
asked Dobbs very injudiciously. 

"Besides its profane oaths, its profana- 
tion of Scripture and other sacred ob- 
jects and its assumption of titles belong- 
ing to God only, my special objection is 
that it is a false religion w^hich claims to 
be able to save men." 

''Well," said the deacon grufily, "if 
that were true, as it is not, what reason 
would that be for not attending church?" 

"Deacon ^.ioyle, I am surprised that 
you should ask me w'hy I do not w^ant to 
hear any minister on the Sabbath preach 
Christ as the only Savior, w^hen he is 
sworn to another religion, and during the 
week has observed its ceremonies, and 
perhaps the night before, even after mid- 
night, has worshiped the sun, or at least 
used the old Baal or Tammuz ritual, re- 
ferred to in the eighth chapter of 
Ezekiel? Do you. ask me w^hy I cannot 
profitably be led in praver by one w^ho 
has the previous night denied or ignored 
the only name in w-hich we are to pray? 
Do you ask why his reading of hymns 
seems hollow when he has been singing. 
'Hail ! ]\Iasonry Divine' ? Doctor, I mean 
no disrespect toward you. I speak of 
any one. You have insisted, and I am an- 
swering your questions." 

"Ahem— hem." said Dr. Dobbs. 

"Ahum — um," said Deacon Moyle. 

"My dear voung sister," said the pas- 
tor, chaneincf his manner, and with a sup- 
posed winninsr smile, addine, "I exceed- 
ingly regret that you hold such errone- 
ous view^s of the ancient order. You do 
not understand it. Its beautiful and ele- 
vating, but yet secret ceremonies, cannot 
be revealed. If you understood Masonry 
you would rejoice that your pastor is a 
member. It is not a religion — only its 

"Doctor, did you ever read anv stand- 
ard author on this subject?" Edith in- 

"Oh, yes, certainly. I have quite a li- 
brary of our works and read them occa- 

"I am sorry to hear it," replied Edith, 
"indeed I am. I supposed that you were 
ignorant of their teachings. Do you not 
acknowledge them to be reliable w^it- 

"Certainly, I do," answered Dobbs. 
"They understand the institution and 
have no reason to misrepresent it, as its 
opponents often do." 

"Why then, is it not a religion? How 
can you deny it? Do you not know that 
Webb, in his Monitor, under the word 
chaplain, says, 'The Master of the lodge 
is its priest/ and 'a meeting of the ma- 
sonic lodge is a religious ceremony,' and 
that elsewhere he speaks of the religion 
of masonry being so broad?" 

"Any more?" asked the deacon sneer- 

"Yes, sir," said Edith pleasantly. "In 
]\Iackey's Manual we read in plain words, 
and he has no reason to misrepresent, 
'Masonry is a religious institution.' 
Again, he teaches that 'It worships God, 
purifies the heart and inculcates the dog- 
mas of a religious philosophy.' Pierson. 
profanely called by the lodge. 'Sovereign 
Grand Inspector General of the Hoi v Em- 
pire," teaches that 'It was instituted as a 
vehicle of divine truth, and in the infancy 
of the world it can be identified with re- 
ligion.' Others teach the same doctrine. 
And I remember, Doctor." added Edith 
with directness, "when your grand ora- 
tor, on the 24th of June, repeated with 
emphasis, 'We have too long denied that 
masonry is a relis:ion. It is a religion, 
the broad, the universal, the eternal re- 
ligion,' that vou and the deacon clapped 
your hands in approval." 

"Well, what of it?" asked the deacon. 

Dobbs blushed deeply. 

"This is not all," continued Edith, see- 
ing her opportunity to speak on a subject 
which they refused to hear discussed 
elsewhere. "The lodge has its priests, its 
altars, its ritual or manual of worship 
with its ceremonies, songfs and prayers, 
and all that belongs to a religion and only 
to a religion. It dedicates its hall to a 
holy use. It not only professes to wor- 
ship a god — which may be the god of the 
Chinese, or Egyptians, or Indians as well 
as the God of the Christian — but also to 
purify the heart, to subdue the passions 



and, as Sickles says, 'To tit the soul for 
the temple not made with hands.* One 
writer teaches the most dangerous doc- 
trine, that by obedience to its precepts the 
members will be saved. \\'hile you. per- 
haps, do not believe this. Doctor, there 
are multitudes in the lodge who do. and 
make it their hope of safety. Salem 
Town, in his book, after implying that 
all members will be saved, says. Tn ad- 
vancing to the fourth degree, then, the 
Mason is assured of his election and sal- 
vation." And every member puts the 
lodge above the church when he sings. 

'Hail! Masonry divine. 
Matchless beyond compare." "' 

Edith had spoken with a warm^th of 
earnestness. The brethren once or twice 
showed some impatience and would ha^ie 
attempted to stop her. but when she 
looked directly in their faces, they, know- 
ing she was right, were shamed into si- 
lence. Evidently, however, they were 
both irritated, and the deacon asked con- 
temptuously : 

And is that all ? Have you finished 
your lecture?" 

Exiith answered: "Is it not enough to 
show that ^Masonry is a system of false 
religion and therefore inconsistent with 
Christianity, and that a person is blame- 
less when she neglects to hear one preach 
what in the pulpit he calls the only true 
religion and only way of salvation, and 
at the same time is adhering to a false 
religion and professes by his membership 
to believe its doctrines?'" 

"Why, my daughter, you are abusive." 
suggested the pastor in a fatherly man- 

"Doctor. I mean no disrespect. You 
urged me into this discussion, and I must 
answer your questions fully, if at all." 

"Don't you know that ^^lasonry is 
founded on the teachings of the Bible?" 
asked the expounder of the ^^'ord. 

'T know that it is not founded on the 
Bible, for it ignores its central theme, 
and is in many ways contrary to its 
teachings, and in heathen lands their 
idolatrous books instead of the Bible are 
used for "the Book of the Law." In the 
Digest of ]^Iasonic Law, we read. 'Ma- 
sonry has nothing to do with the Bible. 
that is. it is not founded on the Bible : 
for if it were it would not be Masonry : 
it would be something^ else.' ''"' 

"The Bible is in our lodge and used. " 
said her pastor. 

"Yes," said Edith — and who could 
blame her for being scarcastic? — "It is 
there as a symbol, like the compass and 
square, which, however, are placed above 
it. It is only "an article of furniture,' as 
Mackey says ; and I would add like some 
men who are admitted free, it is there to 
be used as a bait, a snare for conscien- 
tious young men." 

Edith thought of one young man who 
had been drawn into the lodge partly by 
the bait sitting before her. Her feelings 
were at once aroused. For although 
Walter had written that for her sake and 
conscience sake, after duly considering 
the question by the aid of her letters and 
books, he had totally and forever re- 
nounced all allegiance to the lodge, yet 
she was vexed with the thought of him 
once having been entrapped in its coils. 
And then she knew the trouble had only 
begun. His father would be more bitter 
against him than if he had at first re- 
fused to unite with the order. Xow that 
there was so much feeling on the sub- 
ject, his brethren of Brandon lodge, to 
which his membership would be trans- 
ferred, would be ver\- demonstrative in 
their spite. She feared not only a con- 
tinual storm of driving sleet and drifting 
snow which might block up hi^ way to 
success or freeze the buds of hope and 
cheer, but also a sudden thunder storm 
in which he might be killed by some 
dreadful liehtning stroke. She knew the 
danger. Xof that she thought of all these 
things just now. but. having often 
thought of them, this allusion in their 
conversation filled her mind with mingled 
feelings. There were disgust for the 
easily manipulated tool before her — her 
pastor, love to Walter, anxiets* for his 
safetv. hoDe for their happy union and 
fear that it might be delayed or never 

Miss Groves." said the doctor, with 
pompous authority, "we did not come to 
hear your foolish and fanatical abuse of 
an ancient and honorable institution, and 
of your pastor and others, your superiors. 
The first cuestion is. Why have you nee- 
lected the ser\'ices of the sanctuary- ? This 
vou have answered by abuse. The second 
is. Will you repent, confess and promise 
to return to the faithful performance of 
vour Christian duties'" 



November, 1914. 

"I certainly intended no disrespect to 
\-oii and other officers. I have only an- 
swered your questions. I have not abused 
^Masonry, but used it as justly as I could. 
In regard to the latter question" — 

"Answer, yes. or no," broke in the dea- 
con out of humor, "and be done with it." 

"I should be glad to return to our serv- 
ices if jMasonry was out of the church, 
but as there is no hope for its speedy re- 
moval I think the best thing I can do is 
to ask for my letter and unite elsewhere." 

'T am of the decided opinion," said 
Dobbs. "that the best thing for you is to 
confess your grievous errors and return 
to our fold." 

"Confess my errors!" 

"A'es," said the pastor. 

"A^es," said the deacon. 

"Pray, and what are they in this mat- 

''Neglect of ordinances, abuse of your 
pastor and brethren, evil speaking and 
manifesting a contentious disposition." 

"Indeed ! Where, and how, and 
when ?" 

"For three months, like you have been 
doing for the last hour," answered 

"It will be im.possible for us to agree 
in regard to what is right and duty, and 
in the circumstances, which I deeply re> 
gret, I ask for my certificate of member- 
ship to connect with Bethel church." 

"Well, you can't have it," angrily said 
the deacon. 

"You are not entitled to it when under 
charges." coolly added the pastor. 

"I did not know that any charges were 
preferred against me," said Edith sur- 

"They are all prepared," said the dea- 
con, "as soon as I add the specification in 
regard to your abuse and insubordination 

The deacon took from his pocket a 
lengthy paper and, after writing a few 
more sentences, handed it to her. She 
was warned to appear in ten days before 
the church court to answer the charge? 

"We have done what we could to urge 
you to repent, but, as it has all been m 
vain, you must appear before us for reg- 
ular trial." said the doctor as they turned 
toward the door. 

(To be continued.) 



The annual report of the Knights of 
Columbus, read at the convention at St. 
Paul, shows an increase in membership 
of 24,784 above the 19 13 report. The 
total membership June 30, 1914, was 
326,858, of which 106,281 were insurance 
and 220,577 associate members. The or- 
der has 1,670 subordinate councils in 42 
states and 5 territories. Forty-seven new 
councils were instituted last year. 


We have understood that the military 
element does not prevail among the new- 
est and best boy scout organizations, and 
have likewise been assured that secret 
society methods are wholly absent. Hence 
we are the more startled to find plain in- 
dications that the old fashioned boy scout 
type persists in New England, or else is 
revived there. Evidence of this appears 
in a letter to the editor of a newspaper 
published in a well knowm city of Massa- 
chusetts, and the headline shows that the 
editor addressed observes the effect of 
the war in recruiting the local boyish 
company of scouts. He may have been 
willing to call attention to an effect of 
the war which, if he had spoken his mind 
plainly, he would have deprecated. The 
letter itself follows : 
To the Editor of : 

Sir : The European war has called at- 
tention of the entire world to things mili- 
tary and the United States Boy Scout 
Armory furnishes a good proof of this 
fact. On each drill night a steady stream 
of recruits pours in, swamping the clerks 
on duty, and it is fully an hour after 
drills are over before the last application 
is registered. The recruits are always 
anxious to drill and they pay extra atten- 
tion to their rifles, especially at target 
'practice or in sham battles. 

The United States Boy Scouts is a 
military organization that gives instruc- 
tions in all branches of the service. It i$ 
known as the "Third Line of Defense" 
and stands for peace, but not peace with 
dishonor. It is not modeled after any 
foreien system, but is governed along 
lines followed in the United States army 

November. 1914. 



and navy. In this country, depending as 
we do on our citizen soldiery or militia, 
little provision is made for training more 
than 200,000 out of an available force of 
15,000,000 which might be called upon 
for service should the need ever arise. 

The United States Boy Scout organ- 
ization attempts, in a patriotic spirit, to 
supply in some degree this deficiency and 
has been successful in receiving the co- 
operation of the different state militias. 
In several cases it has been furnished 
ecjuipment, instruction and given a tour 
of camp duty at National Guard camps. 
In return many trained recruits have 
been received from this organization. 
Captain U. S. Boy Scouts. 

to when, in telling about an applicant for 
masonic membership who was chagrined 
on being blackballed instead of initiated, 
he added, 'T did not pity him." 


The annual parade of Odd-Fellows in 
Atlantic City accompanied a sovereign 
grand lodge meeting which by a close 
vote defeated an attempt to lower the 
age limit of admission. We seem to re- 
member a remark made in connection 
with a lodge "christening," when babies 
were said to be "baptized right into the 
order ready to grow up Odd-Fellows." 
How this could be managed without mak- 
ing unlaw^ful reference to Christ or the 
Christian "sect." is what the uninitiated 
cannot understand. The Atlantic City 
proposition did not go so far ; it aimed 
at an age, youthful indeed, yet not in- 
fantile. Not satisfied with enlarging the 
order by a feminine fringe, many of the 
members desired to bring boys into the 
body of the order itself. 

Of course our own view^ of such mat- 
ters precludes commiseration for these 
young people who must still await the 
sligrhtly increased age when they can 
join. We cannot see clearly that the 
time is lost, neither does the chance that 
postponement will in some cases drift 
into permanence give us alarm. If this 
seems unsympathetic, we can add that 
our own case, when many years asfo the 
writer having been almost prevailed upon 
to join the Odd-Fellows was otherwise 
advised, seems now not so much like de- 
feat or loss as like rescue. We are not 
overwhelmed with self-pitv. Perhaps 
the more on account of this distant mem- 
pry, we are inclined to congratulate the 
youth not yet snared in an evil net. Wi 
feel instead as a masonic friend seemed 


The Masonic Chronicle speaks with 
seriousness of a feature which from early 
times has characterized lodge life in no 
creditable way. To "Go from labor to 
refreshment," has been common in lodge 
meetings, and the first masonic grand 
lodge was organized in a London tavern. 
We yield place to the organ of the order, 
which surely speaks with authority of 
present conditions and customs, having 
the advantage of speaking from within 
the lodge itself. It is not an antimasonic 
accusation which can be treated as due 
to ignorance of facts, but it is the con- 
fession made to members of the order in 
the columns of their own society organ, 
and, moreover, a confession made in or- 
der to sharpen th'e point of an admoni- 
tion — that confession which we find in 
these deprecatory terms : "Lodges make 
morally weak characters weaker still, 
whereas it is their professed aim to make 
them stronger." 

Earlier in the article the secret society 
editor proceeds by saying: 

"It is the common experience of almost 
everyone addicted to the use of strong drink, 
that one glass leads to another and still an- 
other, and many more after that, especially 
when there is ample time and opportunity, as 
there always is after the body adjourns. Many 
a good brother who had no serious intention 
of falling under the influence of repeated po- 
tations, has gone stumbling home at an un- 
seemly hour to the consternation, grief and 
mortification of the tired helpmeet there anx- 
iously waiting for his return. Far better would 
it be to make abstinence, rather than tem- 
perance, a watchword unless one can be really 

"This is a matter of vital importance, no 
matter how much it is pooh-poohed ! — as, of 
course, it will be, for most men, and usually 
those who are the easiest tripped up, believe 
that they liave absolute control of their ap- 

"The convivial habits of many lodge mem- 
bers is something that the lodge itself is to a 
great extent responsible for, because in many 
instances malt and spiritous liquors are pro- 
vided for the refreshment of the inner man 
whenever there is a symposium. The writer 
has known young men to develop the taste 
for strong drink at these gatherings, and hun- 
dreds of other witnesses w^ould no doubt be 
willing to testify to the same effect. It is 
known to every lodge worker of even limited 
experience. Is it any wonder that the mothers. 



November. 1914. 

wives, and sisters of many brothers are so bit- 
terly opposed to fraternal organizations ? Not 
at all: one could not expect them to be other- 
wise, in view of the befuddled condition of 
the male members of the household when they 
return from the lodge. The lodge may not 
always be responsible for their condition, it 
may have adjourned hours before their re- 
turn, and the liquid refreshment may have 
been obtained elsewdiere, but there have been 
times when the stuff has been served to them 
at the lodge, and the women of the household, 
knowing this to be so. are not inclined to be 
sparing in their condemnation of fraternal 
organizations of every name. 

^'Is it not time to live up to our professions 
a little more closely? The lectures and charges 
very impressively admonish candidates to be 
temperate, industrious and devoted to their 
families, yet within an hour after listening to 
these admonitions, delivered with much unc- 
tion, the newly-made brethren are_ regaled 
W'ith strong drink and kept from their homes 
until long past midnight, rendering them un- 
fit for business the following day. 

"Some persons may argue that the brethren 
themselves are solely to blame if they drink 
more than is good for them, since they would 
offend no one if they did not so much as 
taste what is set before them. Be that as it 
may, it is certain that if they were not tempt- 
ed they could not have yielded to it. By serv- 
ing intoxicating liquors, lodges make morally 
weak characters, weaker still, whereas it is 
their professed aim to make them stronger." 


In an address by President Schurman 
of Cornell university he availed himself 
of the results of Registrar Day's com- 
pilation of statistics which show that the 
general average of scholarship at Cornell 
is not greatly reduced, on the grand 
whole by athletics. Varsity athletes at- 
tain an average of 71 and three-tenths 
per cent ; f raternitv, 70 and seven-tenths ; 
and non-fraternity, 7^1 and two-tenths. 
^^'hat the effect of athletics on scholar- 
ship in other colleges may be we cannot 
tell, but so far as we have been informed 
fraternity men fall below other students 
in scholarship. This result has been 
rather extensively shown and published. 

A-t the same time, it can hardly be 
questioned th?it open literary societies 
are able to render important aid in secur- 
ing results at which higher education 
primarily aims. Neither are they, like 
hi?h school fraternities, objectionable, or 
indeed without ereat value, in prepara- 
tory schools. This has been recognized 
by no less an authority than Chancellor 
Andrews, who wrote lonp- ago that in his 
student davs he noticed that some of the 

best debaters in Brown University came 
there from the Connecticut Literary In- 
stitution, where they had been developed 
by the two literary societies. Neither of 
those societies had thought of such a 
thing as a horse-play initiation or a 
pledge of secrecy. Yet they had their 
own furnished rooms for meetings, and 
did not lack names or banners duly em- 
blazoned with Latin legends. In those 
rooms many a speaker obtained early 
practice in speaking, while all his ex- 
perience as a member was sufficiently in 
keeping with scholarly aims and ambi- 


One of ^he useful habits which tend 
to culture is the habit of acquiring day 
by day some part of the Book of Prov- 
erbs. Merely to read its teachings is to 
grow in mental stature and ability, but 
to memorize them is to incorporate into 
one's mind and thought inherent power. 
Early in the book we find exactly the 
counsel that is needed when worldly men 
solicit our entrance into secret combina- 
tion with them in organized protection 
of crime 
one which with 

boasts of its own virtue while lending 
itself to the assistance of vice, an or- 
ganization which makes men the serv- 
ants of sin while naming them, as by a 
contradictory title. Freemasons. 

We quote here selections from this 
counsel in a revised form of translation 
from the Hebrew. "Proverbs of Solo- 
mon, son of David, king of Israel: for 
knowins" wisdom and instruction, for un- 
derstanding sa9"acious words ; for receiv- 
ing instruction in prudence, in rip-hteous- 
ness and justice and rectitude. The wise 
will hear and shall increase knowledge ; 
and guidance the discerning will obtain. 
* 5k ^ My son. if sinners entice thee, 
do not thou consent. If thev say. Go 

Such an organization is that 
'great swellinsf words" 






stance we shall find, we will fill our 
houses with spoil: cast in the lot pmong 
us, let there be one purse for us all ; my 
son. go not in the way with them, with- 
hold thy foot from their path." 

Hip-h masonic authority has confessed 
thpt the enticine order couM rot main- 
tain its existence any length of time if 
secrecy were eliminated, and this is true 

November, 19M. 



for at least one reason which can be 
stated by means of another quotation, 
"Surely in vain the net is spread in the 
sight of any bird." 

''For their feet run to evil," continues 
the same wise counselor, and the initia- 
tory ritual itself provides evil paths for 
willing feet. It leaves loopholes for im- 
morality in what may be mistaken at first 
for walls of morality ; and besides this 
negative license it provides positive ob- 
ligation to share almost unlimited sin. 
The net is spread out of the sight of its 
victim ; the name of Solomon himself is 
falsely thrown into the net as a bait ; but 
let the young man enticed by sinners 
listen to that teacher's own true words, 
for "guidance the discerning will ob- 
tain" from them. *. 


Commandery Masons have named one 
of their degrees after a military order 
which disappeared six hundred years 
ago, and which is variously called 
Knights of the Temple — Templar 
Knights — Knights Templar — Knights 
Templars — Poor Soldiers of the Temple 
— Red Cross Knights. This old mili- 
tary order was formed in the period be- 
tween the first and second crusades 
partly for the protection of pilgrims 
coming to Jerusalem, where the Knights 
were quartered in the palace of the Latin 
kings, which was then called by the name 
Temple of Solomon. Its rules were 
framed by an ecclesiastical council and 
confirmed by a pope. Of course its or- 
iginal purpose to protect pilgrims no 
longer existed after Jerusalem was lost. 
Besides, in process of time the order ac- 
quired wealth and an evil reputation, and 
a later pope urgently called for its de- 
struction, which was accomplished when 
a council dissolved it in 1312, after it 
had existed only two centuries. 

The old name has been taken up by 
an organization coming into existence 
much later, but is not quite uniformly 
rendered. Pretty good authority can 

be cited for each of the two forms. 
Knights Templar and Knights Templars. 
We confess a personal preference for 
the first form, yet the second may be 
better authorized. Knights Templars 
seems an awkward double plural, while 
Knights of the Temple or Templar 
Knights smoothly narmonizes with 
Knights Templar. 


The great peace meeting held in Broad- 
way Tabernacle Sunday evening, Octo- 
ber fourth, heard a few words from Sec- 
retary Bryan which seem fitted to en- 
courage us who cannot see all the quick 
results of Christian work which we can 
imagine. Speaking of errors committed 
in conducting international affairs. Mr. 
Bryan said that most of them "arise from 
failing to understand the fundamental 
truth that moral principles are as binding 
upon nations as upon individuals. A na- 
tion is but a group of individuals, and no 
group, however numerous, can expunge 
one syllable of the moral law. 'Though 
hand join in hand he shall not be unpun 
ished.' No nation is great enough to 
trample on the smallest moral principle. 
^^ ^1^ ^^ Aj^(^ gathered here today, we 
must remember that no ouestipn is ever 
settled until it is settled right. Force is 
impotent to fasten upon mankind a sin- 
gle falsehood. There is in every righte- 
ous cause an inherent power bv which ir 
is able to Overcome opposition. The in- 
visible germ of life in truth gathers nour- 
ishment from the dead things about it. 
and grows until it becomes an irresistible 
force bringing victorv to those who dare 
to stand for it." These are heartening" 
words for us who know that hand does 
join in hand to hide iniquity and abet sin. 
The g^reat and boastful group of men tak- 
ing the obligation of the third point of 
fellowship, and thus pledging themselves 
to conceal crime save two which com- 
paratively few men ever commit, might 
find reproof in these words. They can- 
not "expunge one syllable of the moral 
law." Falsehood naturally expires ; 
righteousness overcomes opposition. Th<' 
force of truth is irresistible. Therefore 
take heart and keep the light shining. 


November. 1914. 


Girls in American high schools no less 
than the high school system itself are 
practically certain to benefit because of 
a resolution adopted by the thirteenth 
congress of national Pan-Hellenic, rep- 
resenting 70,000 college sorority women, 
meeting in Ne\y York. Under the terms 
of this resolution any American high 
school girl who belongs to a Greek letter 
sorority and does not resign before Nov. 
15 will be barred from the college sorori- 
ties when she enters an institution of 
higher learning. 

The women delegates to the congress 
based their sweepings action on the fact 
that most high school girls are too young 
to be members of secret organizations 
without receiving harm from them. It is 
asserted with entire truth that high 
school sororities foster cliques and snob- 
bishness and give their unfortunate 
members a false and injurious outlook 
on life. 

The college women have done well in 
thus holding up the light for the illu- 
mination of the understandings of their 
younger sisters. — The Daily News (Chi- 
cago), Oct.. 17, 1 9 14. 

We are grateful for the testimony of 
the young women representing seventy 
thousand members of the college Greek 
letter societies, viz. : "that high school 
sororities foster cliques and snobbishness 
•and give their unfortunate members a 
false and injurious outlook on life.'' We 
are also pleased with their action in con- 
vention in barring from college sororities 
high school girls who have not resigned 
their membership in the high school 
(ireek letter fraternities on or before 
November 15th next. At the same time 
we are not deceived as to the causes 
which have led to their testimony and 
action which has followed several years 
of condemnation of such societies by 
teachers, school boards and legislatures 
throughout the country. The arguments 
used apply equally well against the col- 
lege Greek letter fraternities, and have 
placed in the public mind the same con- 

demnation on all fraternities whether of 
the high school or the college. Both men 
and women of the latter in their lodge 
conventions have recently passed strong 
resolutions taking drastic action against 
high school fraternities in the hope of re- 
instating themselves in the estimation of 
the public. W^e call attention to the fol- 
lowing recent case of hazing in Bradley 
Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, Illinois. 
Can the high schools do worse? 


George Heinrich and Lou Ernst, two 
Peoria students at Bradley Polytechnic 
Institute were tarred, rolled through 
streets, handcuffed and blindfolded for 
over three hours last evening as part of 
the initiation into the college fraternity 
known as the Beta Sigma Mu. Both are 
members of well known Peoria, Illinois, 
families. Young Heinrich being the son 
of county clerk Oscar Heinrich. 

The boys were taken into camp by 
about fifteen senior members of the fra- 
ternity about eight o'clock in the evening. 
Their hands were bound behind them 
and their eyes blindfolded. After march- 
ing them around the campus several 
times the party sojourned to an adjoin- 
ing street which was being paved. Tar 
had been placed on the foundation as a 
base and the boys were rolled over the 
street until they clothing was covered. 
After this punishment was administered, 
the higher-ups painted their new broth- 
ers' faces with red paint. 

They were then forced to propose to 
several young ladies on the bluff. Then 
the boys were taken down town and 
forced to carry bricks around town. It 
was past IT o'clock when the initiation 
was finally finished and the initiates were 
nearly prostrated. — Peoria Star. 


Degolia, Pa., Oct. 2d, 1914. 
W. R. Dow Laws, 

Moravian Falls, N. C. 

Dear Sir: Permit me. a reader of The 
Yellozv Jacket, to ask if you will not in- 
struct your readers in the following' mat- 
ter: Compare oath with oath and teach- 
ing with teaching to show wherein Free- 
masonry and its progeny are favorable 

November, 1914. 



to and loyal to the United States consti- 
tution and to Christianity, and wherein 
Romanism and its brood are not? 
Respectfully yours, 

I. C. Young. 

Stahm' iestimonies. 


Until four years ago I was a member 
of the Pythian Sisters lodge. My con- 
science often condemned me when I 
stood with bowed head sanctioning a 
Christless prayer from unholy lips. When 
I thought of a preacher of the Gospel 
being a lodge member, it seemed that it 
certainly could not be wrong for me«to 
belong. When Rev. L. S. Bowman, now 
of Long Beach, California, revealed the 
evils of the lodge, the Devil said, ''Rebel 
against his foolish teaching," but the 
Lord said, ''Walk in the light.'' After 
considering the matter for a short time I 
left the lodge and then I felt as though a 
great burden had been lifted from my 
shoulders. "If the Son therefore shall 
make you free, ye shall be free indeed." 
(John 8:36). I praise God for the free- 
dom I have had in Jesus Christ. 

Some of my friends said I would soon 
go back to the lodge, but He that is able 
to save is also able to keep. The W^ord 
says, "Be ye not unequally yoked togeth- 
er with unbelievers ; for what fellowship 
hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? 
and what communion hath light with 
darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). Lodge church 
members walk hand in hand with Jews 
who deny the Christ. Jesus said, "I am 
the w^ay, the truth and the life; no man 
Cometh unto the Father but by me." 
(John 14:6). 

I praise God that one was sent into 
our midst who was not afraid to boldly 
speak the truth. I wish that there were 
more preachers who were not conformed 
to the world and who would fearlessh 
speak against all sin. 

Mrs. John Arnet. 
Berne, Indiana. 

Putting the Church of Rome Where It Be- 
longs in Scripture. 
A new book by Evangelist J. Dim- 

mick Taylor, giving a history of Satan 
and his work among the children of 
men; the seven horned beast, (the Anti- 
christ) ; the two horned beast, (the False 
Prophet) ; the image of the beast — who 
they are from a Bible standpoint. A 
Lodge Devil : One of the greatest ene- 
mies that the Church has to contend with 
to-day. This book should be in every 
Christian home. Price, 75 cents in cloth, 
45 cents in paper. Do not send stamps. 
Order direct from publisher, J. D. Tay- 
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Mtm of §m Work 


The annual Xew^ York and Xew Jer- 
sey State Convention is scheduled for 
October 26th and 27th in the Third and 
Second Reformed Presbyterian churches. 
238 West 23rd St., and 308 West 122nd 
St., respectively, Xew York City. Dr. 
F. M. Foster is pastor of the Third 
church and Rev. A. A. Samson of the 
Second church. Dr. James Parker will 
preside, and among the speakers are Rev. 
J. J. Hiemenga and Rev. D. DeBeer, of 
Passaic, X. J. The prospects for a good 
convention are excellent. Friends who 
are interested are requested to write Rev. 
VV. B. Stoddard, care of Xew Mills 
Hotel, 7th Avenue and 36th Street, Xew 
York Citv. 


After the October number of the 
Cynosure had been printed we received 
word that the officers, of the Michigan 
State Association were unable to hold the 
convention in Aluskegon on October 21st 
and 22d as planned. As soon as we know 
the place and the time for the conven- 
tion, we will advise our readers in these 


An address by liev. B. (.'airadiuo, D D, 
pastor of the Centenary M. E. church, St. Louis, 
Mo., .Jan 4, ISOl. w. McCoy writes: -'That ser^ 
mon ought to he in the hands of every preacher 
in this land, and every citizen's, too." A pamphlet 
ot 20 pages. 5 cents. f f ^ 



November 1914. 


The treasurer of the Iowa Christian 
Association, Rev. A. H. Brat, of Otley, 
reports a balance in the treasury of 
$122.47, composed as follows: Balance 
from former Treasurer Branson, $12.71 ; 
Cynosure subscription, $1 ; from the 
Iowa Christian Reformed Churches, at 
Carnes, $7.06; Otley, $3; Pella First, 
$16,95 ' Oskaloosa, $6.43 ; Prairie City, 
$4.33; Peoria, $19.87; Galesburg, $3.32; 
Ireton, $8.15, and Orange City, $39.65. 



This writing finds me again at the 
"Hub." I find our work in this section 
making progress. A much needed rain 
has been falling to-day. 

I am glad to report that the Indiana 
State meeting at Wakarusa met our best 
expectation. God favored us in the good 
weather and there was a large turn out 
of friends. The smallest attended ses- 
sion was on Monday forenoon and there 
were one hundred and two by actual 
count. The desire to get home took me 
away from the concluding session, but it 
was reported that the church was too 
small to accommodate those desiring to 
hear Dr. Blanchard's address on "The 
Antichrist." A cumulative interest was 
awakened by my meetings in and near 
New Paris, Indiana. The friends were 
made glad and the darkness lovers sorry 
because of the meetings. Our good 
friend, Elder W. R. Deeter, sent the in- 
vitation and m.ade the preparation for my 
coming to Milford, Indiana. The lec- 
ture in the Brethren church at that place 
seemed very opportune. The corner stone 
of the new schol building being erected 
here was put in place by a lodge of Ma- 
sons, and bears the advertisement of their 
lodge. It is so placed that every child 
upon entering the school must read their 
chiseled advertisement. Surely the good 
people who largely paid the taxes to erect 
this building must have been asleep to 
allow this misuse of their property. Sup- 
pose some denomination in Milford had 
requested the chiseling of an advertise- 
ment of their church upon this building 
where each child must see it every morn- 
ing, would the other churches and the 
tax payers In general allow such a thing 
to pass without protest? Yet here is an 

institution of heathen origin, of anti- 
christian, un-American teaching, seizing 
upon property not their own and convert- 
ing it to personal advertising purposes. 
The child approaching this building with 
inquiring mind would naturally wonder 
what was this institution, given such un- 
usual privilege, and with curiosity 
aroused, seek admittance when age 
should permit. Surely ''the children of 
this world are wiser than the children of 
light" (sometimes). 

I gave three lectures in the Church of 
the Brethren and Mennonite Brethren in 
Christ churches in Nappanee, Indiana, 
that were well sustained as also were 
others in country churches near at hand. 
A sad accident resulting in the death of 
one of the members of the Olive Men- 
nonite church was thought to have di- 
minished attendance there. Some who 
were present subscribed for the Cyno- 
sure and will, I trust, aid the work in 
the years to come. 

A country auction sale gave oppor- 
tunity for canvasing and making ac- 
c'uaintances. Those helping in the State 
Convention did their work well. The en- 
tertainment was abundant and your rep- 
resentative was carried in an auto by a 
happy company to the fast train which 
bore him on his homeward way. 

A series of lectures at Lodi and Pater- 
son, New Jersev, including those to be 
held in connection with the New York 
and New Jersey Annual Convention, to 
be held in New York City, are at hand. 
A week spent in that great teeming me- 
tropolis of over four million people, 
among whom I discovered new friends, 
aided In our preparation for enlarged ef- 
fort. At a meeting of our German Luth- 
eran friends in district conference In 
Brooklyn. New York, I was favored as 
usual. More than twenty Cynosure 
subscriptions were gathered there and 
many encouraging words given. Our 
convention Is to be held by special Invi- 
tation In the two Covenanter churches. 
God will bless and this gathering will be 
a success. 

If ''the longest pole knocks down the 
persimmons" and the biggest gun demol- 
ishes the fort, we may alwavs exoert suc- 
cess. God and truth are on our side. We 
have the argument. Truth mav be 
crushed to earth ; may be obscured and 

November, 1914. 



seemingly defeated, but it cannot be 
killed for "the eternal years of God are 
hers." The light must shine. Evil must 
be overcome. The antisecrecy cause with 
all others that make for righteousness 
will triumph and God will be glorified. 


Argenta, Ark., Oct. 8th, 1914. 
Dear Cynosure: 

I have not been able to travel much 
this past month as my sister has been 
very ill. I thank God that she is better 

We have had a good meeting going on 
here for these last two weeks and many 
eyes are being opened to the lodge evil. I 
said to the people a few nights ago that 
the dififerent denominations have let ie~ 
cret societies in until Christ has been 
crowded out. Yet there are a few among 
them who are contending for the faith. 
When a church gets so that it can not 
bear to have the whole Gospel preached, 
then she has cast Christ out and it is no 
longer the body of Christ. (Eph. 1:23). 
Any religious organization that will not 
acknowledge Christ, practices idolatry. 
The Masons do not acknowledge Christ 
and the majority of church members 
have become so wrapped up in Masonry 
and other secret societies, that the Sa- 
vior of men has left their house desolate. 
(Matt. 23:38). God has given you up 
to your own way, and not only you, my 
brother and sister, but this whole nation 
has forgotten God. He has only a rem- 
nant of the faithful left. 

Jesus said to Peter, after he had ac- 
knowledged Him as the Son of the liv- 
ing God, "And I say unto thee, that thou 
art Peter, and upon this rock I will build 
my church ; and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it." (Matt. 16:18). 
The gates of hell are the secret societies, 
the saloon, the moving picture shows and 
everv other form of evil. The Church of 
Christ is not a church that will kill a 
man who condemns secret societies, in- 
temperance or other forms of sin. If a 
man comes out boldly and condemns sin, 
the lenders of the church are often ready 
to kill him. Surely this is not the Church 
of Christ ! "Shall I not visit for these 
thingrs ? saith the Lord : and shall not my 
'=oul be avenged on such a nation as this ? 
Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy ; 

but make not a full end: take away her 
battlements ; for they are not the Lord's." 
(Jer. 5:9-10). "I will make my words 
in thy mouth fire, and this people wood 
and it shall devour them." (Jer. 5:14.) 

The preachers are the leaders of the 
negro race and the people follow them, 
whether right or wrong. If the lodge 
preachers are right, the Bible is wrong 
for they have failed to preach the Gos- 
pel in its purity. Many of the negro 
preachers have dabbled in politics in- 
stead of preaching the Gospel and God 
had to punish them by letting the Repub- 
lican party read them out of it. Npw 
they are fighting holiness, which is taught 
in the Bible. What are you going to do ? 
for the Bible is right and God has called 
us to holiness, (i Thes. 4:7). Our lead- 
ers are putting their trust in Freema- 
sonry or Odd-Fellowship and have made 
God's house a house of merchandise, 
holding church fairs, etc., every night of 
the week. The bootleggers are not very 
far ofif from such affairs because they 
find it a good place to sell whisky. May 
God help the negro preacher to get his 
eyes open to these things. If a man will 
preach the whole truth and will declare 
the whole council of Ged, he will be per- 
secuted and driven from his pulpit even 
as Dr. Davidson has been. When a 
preacher, white or black, puts God aside, 
he will ultimately have to suffer for it, 
even as the nations which are now at 
war are suffering (Prov. 14:38). 

The people are reading the Bible now 
for themselves. It was the common peo- 
ple that heard Jesus gladly. If the 
preachers don't preach the whole Gospel 
the people will leave them alone for God 
said, "I will set up shepherds over them 
which shall feed them : and they shall 
fear no more, nor be dismayed." (Jer. 
23:4). The Holy Spirit is working on 
the hearts of the people as never before. 
We hold most of our meetings in a tent. 
We have them in a church whenever we 
can get in but usually the leading of- 
ficers are Masons or members of some 
other order and they maange to keep the 
Gospel out, but the people are anxious to 
hear the whole council of God. We 
have large consfregations of both whites 
and blacks. Many are being saved. Pray 
for us for we are determined to follow 
Jesus all the way. 


November, 1914. 

There was a man in our meeting who 
was a deacon of the church, a well mean- 
ing man, who said, 'T have been listen- 
ing to these sermons and Bible readings 
for the past nine months since Mr. and 
^[rs. Roberson have been in charge of 
the work here and many times I would 
rebel against the truth because I did not 
want to give up my lodge and my tobac- 
co and whisky, but thank God, I have 
made up my mind to live right and so 
die right. So I told my lodge brothers 
that they might keep the money I had 
put into the lodge as my soul is worth 
more to me than all that money. I am 
glad to-night that I am free from all con- 
demnation. I did not want to give up 
my evil practices but the Holy Spirit 
said, 'You will have to give up air and I 
did. I am a happy man to-night. The 
people read the tracts you give out and 
you can not tell the effect now, but in 
a few months you will see them giving 
up their lodges. I am not discouraged 
although I am despised by some who used 
to be my best friends, but I see Jesus 
only. He has saved me out of the mouth 
of the lion. I may be killed some day for 
this cause and if I am and thereby glori- 
fy my Savior, I shall be satisfied." 

A white man said to me one day this 
week that the lodges are a monumental 
fake. He said that when they build a 
temple, they have what they call a ''tem- 
ple bar" where every man can get all the 
drink he wants without leaving the hall. 
And to think that men and even preach- 
ers will say that such an organization as 
that is of God ! Jesus Christ has no part 
with unrighteousness. (2 Cor. 6:14). 

There were nine saved from the lodges 
in this meeting. The seed was sown 
through the tracts and Bible lessons last 
winter. I see it springing up now to the 
glory of God. I am going to stay in the 
fight with brothers Stoddard and David- 
son, true yokefellows, until Jesus calls 
us home. Lizzie Roberson. 



A very great opportunity has present- 
ed itself, since my last letter, to do some 
effective missionary work in the rural 
districts. During 1887 and 1889 I taught 

school in Iberville parish in the towns 
of Plaquemine, Seymourville and Dor- 
seyville where I also did some very ef- 
fective antisecrecy work. At that time I 
had the support of such able pastors as 
Revs. Charles Williams, John Brown, M. 
Dunlap and B. Dorsey, all of whom have 
gone to their reward, and also Rev. A. 
Hubbs, now of New Orleans, and Rev. 
G. W. Davis, now of Alexandria. At that 
time secret societies were not tolerated in 
St. John's Church, Dorseyville, and 
there were not more than ten lodge men 
in White Castle, neither were there more 
than half a dozen in Bayou Goula ; not 
any in Reveilletown or Seymourville and 
not more than 150 in Plaquemine. Now 
at least sixty-five per cent of all the ne- 
groes in the entire parish are joined, root 
and branch, to the secret lodge. 

I am glad to report that Rev. A. L. 
Davis, pastor of St. Paul church of 
White Castle and Pilgrim Church. Bayou 
Goula, and Vice-President of the Louisi- 
ana Baptist Missionary State Conven- 
tion, has publicly declared that he stands 
for a whole Gospel and complete separa- 
tion from world. Praise the Lord. I am 
stilling the batteries of satanic opposition 
to truth and righteousness wherever op- 
portunity presents itself. 1 have put in 
a very busv month testifying for the 
Lord and His Christ. I find open doors 
in many places and the people ready and 
anxious to hear the truth but the scarcity 
of work, the meagerness of wages, the 
high cost of living and the general de- 
pression makes it very difficult to secure 
even traveling expenses, and yet the 
ground must be broken and the seed 
sown if any are to be saved. There is a 
great work to do here. The people are 
sadly in need of being enlightened and 
liberated from the bondage of lodge 
graft, idolatry and the unfruitful works 
of darkness generally. White Castle is 
a small town of about twelve hundred 
people. There are eight saloons and the 
town is wide open in every w^av — the sa- 
loons, pool rooms, vaudeville shows and 
all the stores are open all day Sunday. 

Brethren, I think it an opportune time 
to hold an antisecrecy convention in New 
Orleans this fall or winter if friends who 
are able will subscribe to the expense of 
such a meeting. I hope that the friends 
will pray much over this meeting and 

November, 1914. 



write Secretary Phillips what they think 
they can do to aid it. 

Eld. John R. Daily, of the Primitive 
Baptist church, Indianapolis Indiana, 
writes : I have had for some time a copy 
of President Blanchard's ''Modern Se- 
cret Societies." I prize the work very 
highly. I have a number of works issued 
by different secret society orders, among 
which are ''^lackey's "Masonic Jurispru- 
dence,'' "Craftsman and Freemason's 
Guide," and ''Odd-Fellow's Text-Book." 
I am preparing for publication a book, 
which will be well bound, and I hope 
thereby to help open the eyes of the de- 
ceived. I received a sample copy of the 
Christian Cynosure, for which I thank 
you. I expect to become a subscrihier 
soon. I like the magazine, and am sure it 
is doing and has done a great deal of 



There are some things that are in- 
credible unless proved by extra strong 
evidence. I was led to investigate Free- 
masonry by the notice in the Cynosure 
of President Charles G. Finney's con- 
fession, published in part in the New 
York Independent in 1867. I knew of 
Mr. Finney's glorious work as a preach- 
er and evangelist and that his character 
was entirely above reproach and that his 
veracity could not be successfully im- 
pugned, but was it possible that minis- 
ters of the Gospel — w-hom I greatly re- 
spected and loved, who had laid hands 
on my head and commended me as a 
preacher^ — could have taken the horrid 
oaths revealed by Mr. Finney? I felt 
compelled to investigate. I wrote to 
President J. Blanchard and subscribed 
for the Cynosure, which had been start- 
ed about that time. 

jNIt. Finney's assertions w^ere over- 
whelmingly supported by many witnesses 
such as Morgan, Stearns and Colver, but 
I was still a doubting Thomas. I had 
seen and heard my brother ministers 
who persisted in denying. I had read 
the testimony of the honest men who 
told the truth about Freemasonry. Hence 
we invited Rev. D. P. Rathbun to visit 
New Hampshire and tell us the truth 
face to face. 

I had read that brother Rathbun had 
been mobbed by the Masons in New- 
York state, so as soon as I met him I 
hastened to assure him that "he was in 
New- Hampshire and not in New York, 
and that he need have no fear of mob 

■ Brother Rathbun wittily replied, "I 
have learned something by coming to 
New TIampshire. I have been taught 
by the church that there is only one 
Devil. I learn from you that you have 
another devil." Before long. Elder J. 
Franklin Browne and myself were able 
to fully appreciate Brother Rathbun's 
joke. Brother Rathbun's testimony and 
scars thoroughly convinced me that the 
Christian men who for conscience sake 
had left Masonry and exposed, its hor- 
rid oaths had told onlv the exact truth. 
For almost fifty years T have been using 
my utmost endeavors to persuade Free- 
masons, especially ministers, to see and 
confess their secret society wickedness. 

In a minister's conference I was cit- 
ing the testimony of Mr. Finney and 
others, when a young minister. Rev. E. 
P. Moulton (not a Mason) arose and 
said : "If what brother Kimball says is 
true, these Masonic ministers are hypo- 
crites and liars." Not a ]\Iason opened 
his lips. 

Brother Browne and I were, holding 
an antisecret meeting in Rochester, New 
Y^ork. when the usual disturbance be- 
gan. ]\Ir. Berry, the janitor, arose and 
said: "Young gentlemen, you are not in 
New ^Market, and the first man that in- 
terrupts Elder Browne will be pitched 
headlong down those stairs;" There 
was a great calm. 

We engaged one of the largest halls 
in the City of Dover, New Hampshire, 
for an antimasonic meeting. On reach- 
ing the hall, we were informed that the 
owners did not dare risk the costly mir- 
rors to the violence of a mob. At New^ 
Market, New Hampshire, Brother 
Browne attempted to prove that Free-, 
masonry was not in accord with Chris- 
tianity by reading from Mackey's and 
other masonic books. His hearers cre- 
ated a riot, put out the lights, stole fifty 
dollars' w^orth of printed matter and evi- 
dence and threatened his life. The Ma- 
sons published in a newspaper that they 
had befriended us.